The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility.
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. It is about opening your eyes.
©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
"It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes." (Financial Times)
As a black nurse I found this book so enlightening! Ms Picoult totally gets the difficulties faced by us all when racism raises its ugly head... when it's not challenged... and the fall-out of when it is! The characters were all realistic - I was totally sucked in! I love this author... read it! It's challenging, realistic and strangely optimistic. Thanks to the author for picking such difficult and uncomfortable subject matter to write about with such aplomb.
Picoult has made me think and reflect on the issue of racism with this book. White privilege can be an uncomfortable topic but she does well to explain and make clear that we all need to be more aware of our actions or racism is never going to change. A great listen.
This book resulted in much soul searching! She once again made me examine my "traditional" beliefs. I have so much admiration for Jodi's different approach to sensitive subjects and the depth and integrity of her research.
"Loved everything about this book"
Jodi does it again. Written an amazing book about a very important topic , showing the story from different viewpoints. The one thing about Jodi's books is thant you never know how they sre going to end ,so you can't take it for granted that all is going to go as you hope. An amazing journey. Captured right from the start to last chapter. Loved the info at the end on how and why she wrote this story.
Brilliant narration that truely brought the characters to life.
"Discrimination is a hellhound"
This woman can write and create very believable characters and very engaging story lines and this book is proof of that. She usually uses her talent to make us think of moral dilemmas we confront in a world that seems to change minute by minute, but in this case, she wants to confront the biggest moral stain in America, racism, as in the black experience of racism in America. For the most part, she manages to give a message that is sad and palpable, while touching in an experience that is more contemporary than most books dare confront especially at this level of fame. I would have liked a plot that was more tightly woven especially in reference to the courtroom parts and an ending that was less sweet and positive. These are problems that need gravitas even when writing to a more popular audience, that levity takes away from the very good first half.
Don't get me wrong it is still a good book and very entertaining, some of the characterizations are excellent and the plot moves at a steady pace but the ending is too neat for my liking.
This is one of the best if not the best-rendered audiobook, the voices are perfect and distinctive, giving a fantastic liveliness to the telling of the story. A fantastic listen made better by the readers.
"A good listen"
This book kept me engaged from beginning to end. Very well written with some stand out prose. I was not sure about the author, as a white woman, writing about the experience of black men and women. However on balance as Picoult says it is better to have this conversation than not. Thought provoking and gripping.
"Brave and truthful"
Jodi' s makes for uncomfortable listening, but it is truth and truth should not be ignored because it is difficult to hear!
"A light on a problem I never knew I even had"
To say this book is an eye opener is an understatement , in all truth it opened a whole new world for me . I have little personal experience of colour bar and really believed that good or bad black or white we were all in charge of our own destiny and life paths. I had truly never fully believed or understood that for some people the dice really are loaded against them . Thank you Jodi , for a really humbling experience in reading your excellent portrayal of the problems faced , by so many of our really undeserving fellow human beings .
"extremely thought provoking"
I always knew racism was great in the USA but I did not realise to the extent it effected black Americans every day. It's an eye opener that has made me question my life and society in general. As Jodi Picoult weaves this story it with empathy and understanding that no one else can. It made me cry, laugh and angry. Definitely worth a listen.
"Jodi Picoult at her best"
I would challenge anyone to listen to this book and still walk away thinking they are not racist. This book is a lesson for everyone, well written and narrated. I could not stop listening to it.
"BRILLIANT From Start to Finish!"
W. O. W. JUST WOW! As someone who is half white British & half Black Caribbean I found this book insightful and eye opening.
The characters are gripping and although you may not agree with some of their beliefs and actions you can empathise with each one. THIS book is why Jodi Picoult has been my favourite author since I was a teenager and why she will continue to be one of my 'go too' authors.
Be prepared to be educated!!
Very good, very thought provoking and although the final chapter initially seems a bit much, "leopards don't change their spots" and all that, think again maybe human can. Would be a great book club read.
"an exceptional read"
wonderful in absolutely every single way. Highly recommended. Engaging characters gripping storyline. It's a definite must read for all.
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