Thursday, November 03, 2016

Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult has a great gift of bringing us real characters, ones who are both brave and vulnerable and we get to see the many facets of their lives.  In her latest we get to meet Ruth, a widow and mother who works as a labor and delivery nurse.  When she tends to a small baby, the parents object and ask for her to be removed from their care.

  For me, many parts of this book were hard to read and at times I was unsure if I could continue.  It was an interesting way to be presented with discussions about racism, from the hard out fanatics, to those who think they  don't see race - but who really are in a position of privilege in being able to ignore it, to those who deal with it on a daily basis.  In many instances each of the characters are forced to challenge what they believe and understand and we get to share their thoughts and see how they evolve and change. 5/5

1 comment:

John Bellen said...

The story seems pretty ordinary, but good writing can make anything outstanding. I've not heard of this author, though that's not surprising; my knowledge of fiction is stuck in the past.