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Small great things : a novel  Cover Image Book Book

Small great things : a novel / Jodi Picoult.

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  • ISBN: 9780345544957
  • ISBN: 0345544951
  • Physical Description: 470 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date and paging may vary.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
"This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest--complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart. Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family--especially her teenage son--as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others--and themselves--might be wrong. With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion--and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game. Praise for Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time "A riveting drama."--Us Weekly "[A] moving tale."--People "A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery."--USA Today "Poignant. an entertaining story about parental love, friendship, loss."--The Washington Post"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
HL800L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.7 24 186558.
Subject: African American nurses > Fiction.
Criminal defense lawyers > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
Racism > Fiction.
Genre: Legal fiction (Literature)
Fiction.
Legal fiction (Literature)

Available copies

  • 87 of 102 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Festus Public. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Festus Public Library.

Holds

  • 1 current hold with 102 total copies.

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