Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (October 11, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
I’m still not sure how I ended up reading the novel Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult–perhaps I saw a Pinterest mention or an Amazon recommendation. And although I initially was intrigued when I began this book, I ended up sorely disappointed.
Without giving away any spoilers, I can tell you that Small Great Things is set in modern-day New York City, and told from three very distinct first-person points of view: Ruth’s, Turk’s, and Kennedy’s. Ruth is a black registered nurse working in a hospital’s labor and delivery wing. Turk is a white supremacist whose baby is born and then later dies on Ruth’s watch. Finally, Kennedy is a white public defender who represents Ruth in the ensuing legal tangle. As you probably can guess, racial prejudice is the dominant theme in Small Great Things.
In the first half of this novel, I was…