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Small Great Things: A Novel av Jodi Picoult
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Small Great Things: A Novel (utgåvan 2016)

av Jodi Picoult (Författare)

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A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned -- they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.… (mer)
Medlem:EducatingJenn
Titel:Small Great Things: A Novel
Författare:Jodi Picoult (Författare)
Info:Ballantine Books (2016), Edition: 1, 480 pages
Samlingar:School Library, Ditt bibliotek
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Small Great Things av Jodi Picoult

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This is a must read book. Timely events and social issues. Sympathetic characters. Great plot and writing. I loved the twist at the end... although the ramifications were sad. Do read it. ( )
  RobertaLea | Apr 1, 2021 |
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I loved this. Couldn’t put it down. I was invested in Ruth’s story from the start, and I had to read the end before going further. If she isn’t acquitted, I couldn’t stand to read it.

Ruth is a Black nurse in CT, on a labor and delivery ward. A White supremacist couple request that Ruth not touch their baby. That baby stops breathing when Ruth is only one in the room, and she tries to help him, but he ultimately dies. The parents sue her for murder.

Ruth’s public defender is Kennedy, a White woman. She ‘doesn’t see race’. She comes to see her White Privilege though, in getting to know Ruth and her situation.

The author wrote the story to illustrate racism - how we can easily spot a racist like a White Supremacist, but are blind to the advantages we have as White in America. That is very effective, all the while the story of Ruth’s defense is completely engrossing.

I didn’t have any sympathy for the parents Turk and Brit, but their perspective enhanced the overall story. ( )
  BeckiMarsh | Mar 22, 2021 |
5/5
  TashaMorwell | Feb 24, 2021 |
This novel, told from three different points of view, is an intense story about racial injustice. It was both difficult to read, because the subject matter was charged and sometimes very upsetting, and easy to read, because the solid writing pulled me right in. The three points of view that the reader bounces between are the following: Ruth, a highly qualified nurse with twenty years of experience; Kennedy, a lawyer who chose to become a public defender; and Turk, a soon-to-be-father. Ruth is black, and Kennedy and Turk are both white. Moreover, Turk is a white supremacist.

The build-up to the story is that Ruth is covering a normal shift at her hospital when she is assigned to Turk and Brit. They are expecting their first child. Ruth notices that the atmosphere in the room is charged when she enters, and at first puts it off to typical new parent jitters. She soon realizes that something much darker is the reason, when Turk demands to see the head nurse and tells her that he refuses to have Ruth or anyone like her touch his child. As he makes his demands, he purposely lets his confederate flag tattoo show. Rather than deal with angry parents, the head nurse agrees, and removes Ruth as their attending nurse. Ruth is rightfully angry. However, she continues to do her job, working with other patients. The trouble turns into a crisis when Ruth is the only nurse in the nursery and Turk's baby, Davis, goes into respiratory arrest. Ruth wasn't supposed to be asked to keep an eye on him, but she was. She is involved in the emergency medical team's efforts to revive him, and when little Davis dies, Ruth is giving him chest compressions at a doctor's orders. Turk and Britt nonetheless blame Ruth for Davis's death, and the hospital administration decides to sacrifice Ruth to save itself from being sued. A bewildered Ruth finds herself caught in the criminal system: arrested in the middle of the night, having to go up for bail, and dealing with people that are intent on seeing her as a villain and ignoring the blatant racism at the heart of the matter.

Ruth meets Kennedy when she is brought up for bail. Kennedy is the public defender who happens to be on shift at that time. Kennedy is struck by Ruth's story and demeanor, though, and decides that she wants to be the lawyer to handle the whole case. The majority of the novel revolves around this court case: the build up to it, with all of its legal bureaucracy and research, the developing relationship between Kennedy and Ruth, Kennedy's insistence that they can't bring race into the courtroom, Ruth's strength and frustration and mounting disillusionment, Kennedy's slow realization of the privilege that she and other white people have and don't even realize, and then the tense scenes in the courtroom as Ruth's fate is worked out with the flair of a television drama. Turk's chapters switch between his own distorted perception of what is going on and his reflections on past memories, events in his life that led him to embrace racism and his role as a white supremacist.

Again, this is a highly engrossing, and deeply unsettling, book. I definitely recommend it. The issues that Jodi Picoult raises, almost five years ago when this was first published, are essential. I have to admit, I've only recently had to wrestle with this idea of privilege, and the importance of not just being neutral and doing nothing, but instead being committed to helping others and learning how to be an antiracist. These are themes that run throughout the novel as it explores systemic racism and inequity. It's important to note that Picoult recognized that she, as a white person, could never fully understand the struggles that black people endure. Although she writes in Ruth's perspective for a good portion of the novel, she interviewed many people in the black community to help her form Ruth's voice, and presented that writing to reviewers to check it for accuracy and a fair representation. Moreover, Picoult explains that she wasn't writing because she thought she was the right person to tell a black woman's story, as she doesn't have the background or life experiences to do so. Instead, she was writing to help other people confront these ideas and their own biases. These explanations are important given the controversial nature of the novel: some people have disliked it because they feel this should be Ruth's story, and therefore Picoult didn't have the right to pen it, and others have disliked it because they aren't able to acknowledge their own implicit biases. For myself, acknowledging my position as a white woman, I found the book to be powerful, incredibly well written, and thoughtful. ( )
  nmhale | Jan 23, 2021 |
Wow. That ending... lots of happy tears! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. An absolutely heartbreaking, uncomfortable, fast-paced, must-read book! ⁣


This book was beautifully written and I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Jodi Picoult. Probably one of the most uncomfortable books I have ever read but so, so necessary for us to sit in that discomfort so I can learn and better understand the challenges that I will never be able to actually understand as a white woman.⁣


“Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed. The first one sounds fair. The second one is fair.”⁣


“It just goes to show you: every baby is born beautiful. It’s what we project on them that makes them ugly.” ( )
  autumnpressley | Jan 19, 2021 |
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A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned -- they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.

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