I read this book without knowing the actual title or author when I discovered a lot of other bloggers talking about it under the #ReadWithoutPrejudice tag it was available as through netgalley.  I was intrigued by the idea of reading a book without having seen a cover or having any preconceptions based on the author and am glad I did so.  This was a brilliant campaign for a book whose main topic is prejudice.

Ruth works on the labour ward of the hospital where she’s been for 20 years, she’s worked hard to get where she is, lost her husband to the war and has a son who is doing wonderful at school.  Then on a normal day at work as she exams a new born baby she is faced with prejudice by the baby’s parents who request she does not touch their child.. why?  Because Ruth is black and the parents are white supremacists.  When that baby later dies after being left in Ruth’s care she is found in a frightening situation where everyone blames her for the death.

The book is full of twists and turns and does a wonderful job of highlighting racial prejudices even in those who don’t believe themselves to be racist.  The developing friendship between Ruth and her lawyer Kennedy is also very well written and I loved how the two played off each other to highlight the issues Ruth faces as a black woman.

You are constantly left wondering how the book will end and there are some very big twists before the conclusion (which I won’t spoil), you won’t be able to put this book down! It certainly lives up to it’s title as a small great thing.

Small Great Things Book Cover Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Hodder & Stoughton
22nd November 2016

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.

What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.

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