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The Resource Small Great Things

Small Great Things

Label
Small Great Things
Title
Small Great Things
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Jodi Picoult
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Language
eng
Summary
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.' Martin Luther King Jr'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.' Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of twenty years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide.Ruth is shattered and bewildered as she tries to come to terms with her situation. She finds different kinds of support from her sister, a fiery radical, and her teenage son, but it is to Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her case, and her future.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. For the privileged to prosper, they come to realise, others have to suffer. Racism takes many forms and is reinforced by the structures of our society.In gripping dramas like Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper and The Pact, Jodi Picoult has explored the big issues of our time through characters whose lives resonate with us. Here we see once again her unrivalled ability to immerse us in a story whose issues will linger with us long after the final page has been turned
Summary
"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."--
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Award
  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2016
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2016
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
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10515879
Cataloging source
BT
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1966-
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Picoult, Jodi
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
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800
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Small Great Things
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:3865fa73-7df0-42c6-ba2b-665401187cec
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781952534676
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Small Great Things
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:3865fa73-7df0-42c6-ba2b-665401187cec
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781952534676
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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