Jan Stafford Kellis

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


Wow. What a ride. This is the story of Ruth Jefferson, a black nurse in the Labor & Delivery department of a hospital, who is unlucky enough to be assigned to a newborn with white supremacists for parents. They declare that no African-American staff shall touch their child, and when an emergency occurs with another patient, Ruth is left alone with the baby when he has respiratory issues and goes into cardiac arrest.

The story is told in alternating points of view: Ruth, Turk (the white supremacist dad), and Kennedy (Ruth’s lawyer) take turns sharing their sides of the story.

This is powerful. It explores racism, prejudice, and basic humanity. The story was inspired by a true event in a Flint, Michigan hospital, but it’s set in New Haven, Connecticut. Absolutely fabulous.