I received a free copy of this book thanks to Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.
This review has been a long time coming….
I have been a constant reader of Jodi Picoult books, so when I was accepted to read and review this one, I was defiantly excited.
“When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.
What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.
It is about opening your eyes.”
This book is told from three characters point of view; Turk, the father of a baby who died, but who’s also a white surpremist racist and need somebody to blame for the death of his new born baby. Then we have Kennedy, the lawyer who is defending the nurse who is being blamed for the babies death. Finally, we have Ruth, the nurse who is being blamed for the babies death, because she is a different colour, someone Turk hates with a passion and believes doesn’t belong, even though they never met before the birth of his son, simply because of her colour.
This book had me hooked from the very beginning and it made me feel partly uncomfortable in parts. The topics discussed in this book and the way they are put forward and expressed, they are powerful, there’s no denying that, they are emotional. The emotions spread through this book like lava spewing from a volcano, the loss of the baby, the hurt… Therefore, once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to see how it all ended. How the trial ended and everything all turned out. I didn’t expect what happened at the end. At its core, this book is about racism and prejudice, but also about loss.