Novel Ideas the book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Special Note: For our discussion of this profound book, we have invited a wonderful woman of color to give her reactions and to answer our questions. She has taken numerous African-American classes in college.

Novel Ideas will be discussing the book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. DB85761 below is the publishers summary.

This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest - complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a pause-resisting plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart.
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 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.

Join us on Friday, January 20, 2017 in the book Nook room of:
http://www.accessibleworld.org
to discuss this great book.

Host: Randi Shelton
E-Mail: rshelton820@gmail.com
Co-host: Ruth Ann Acosta
E-Mail ruth1244@gmail.com