Ruth Wilson is an African American labor and delivery nurse. She loves her job and has been able to make a good life for herself and her teenage son. A routine birth, a meeting with the new parents, and Ruth’s life changes forever. Ruth is put in an impossible situation when she is removed from the case and ordered not to touch the newborn by the infant’s white supremacist parents. But when the baby is in distress, Ruth hesitates to preform CPR on infant. Now infant has died and the parents and hospital blame Ruth.
This story is powerful and raw. It examines the lives of Ruth’s, her white public defender and the baby’s white supremacists father. How the color of their skin shaped each character’s lives and daily actions and how each come to understand their differences.
A powerful, raw and often times unsettling look at racism.
— Random House
“Picoult can be relied upon to find the themes that are most important to our national conversation and then to explore them with wit, warmth, and skill. In Small Great Things, she illuminates the racial divide in our country through the vivid stories of a black nurse, a white supremacist, and the public defender who intervenes when the worst happens. This excellent, timely novel is sure to be loved by Picoult's fans and is certain to create new ones.”
— Michael Herrmann (W), Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH