Saturday, July 2, 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I received an advance galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jodi Picoult is one of my automatic read authors. She always makes me think more about whatever topic she has written about. In this one, Ruth Jefferson is a very experienced nurse who has been told by a newborn's father that he, nor his wife, want Ruth taking care of the baby because she's African-American. Well, without giving too much away, things happen and Ruth is forced to make a decision. Things snowball from there leaving Ruth in the middle of a court battle. I don't like to go too much into a synopsis because I don't want to give too much away. In any event, this book heavily touches on racism in America today. However, I had trouble with some of the examples the author used to showcase racism. I totally understand where she was coming from because in all honesty, all you have to do is look around and you will see it. But, I guess the author was really focusing on the one side of the story, because what about ANYBODY that experiences racism? Not just one class or race? I guess that was covered in the white supremacists' part of the story, but I had bad feelings at some of the points being made. All in all, the book, as always by Ms. Picoult was riveting and I couldn't wait to see what happened. She amazes me in how she can write from so many different viewpoints and sound like completely different people.Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher!