Small Great Things

Small Great ThingsUhyggelig Aktuel Amerikansk Roman Til Dig, Der Elskede Niceville Og Dr B Ikke En Sangfugl Ruth Jefferson Er En Dygtig Barselssygeplejerske Med Over Tyve Rs Erfaring, Der S Tter En Re I At Give De Nyf Dte Og Deres M Dre Den Bedste Pleje Hvordan Kan Hun Pludselig Befinde Sig I Den Vanvittige Situation At St Anklaget For Mordet P Et Sp Dbarn Kennedy McQuarrie Arbejder Som Forsvarsadvokat For Samfundets Svageste Mange Af Kennedys Klienter Er Sorte, Men For Hende Spiller Hudfarve Ingen Rolle Alle Har Krav P En Retf Rdig Retssag Da Sagen Om Den Sorte Barselssygeplejerske Ruth, Der St R Anklaget For Mord P En Nyf Dt, Som Hun Udtrykkeligt Har F Et Forbud Mod At R Re Af Barnets Racistiske Far, Havner P Kennedys Bord, Ved Hun, At Det Er Den Type Sag, Hun Er Blevet Advokat For At Vinde.Mens Sagen G R Sin Gang, Og Det Langsomt Kommer For Dagen, Hvad Der Virkelig Skete P Det Hospital, Bliver Alle Involverede Parter I Sagen Den Sigtede Sygeplejerske, Den S Rgende Far Og Den H Rdt K Mpende Forsvarer Tvunget Til At Se N Rmere P Den Verden, De Lever I, Og De Sandheder, De Har Troet P Og Levet Efter.Det Store I Det Sm Er En Roman Om Fordomme Og Magt Om Det, Der Skiller Os, Og Det, Der Forener Os En St Rk Fort Lling, Der Vil Forandre Dit Liv Og Bne Dine Jne. The State just sees a dead baby They re targeting you because they think you failed as a nurse You re wrong I shake my head in the darkness, and I say the words I ve swallowed down my whole life They re targeting me because I m Black 3 1 2 stars I have some issues with the ending, but otherwise Small Great Things is such a pageturner It s the kind of book you can easily stay up until 2am to finish even without the teething infant to help you along True, it s Racism 101 for white Americans, but I kind of think it s a message they need to hear.You know, I guess I had some prejudice against Jodi Picoult before going into this I had only read one book by her My Sister s Keeper and that was at least ten years ago In my mind, I ve always associated her with mindless chick lit novels, especially because people were comparing her to Liane Moriarty on my less than favorable review of Truly Madly Guilty But if this book is anything to go by, she s vicious.Small Great Things is a horrible, emotive book that puts both racism and white privilege on trial in a nail biting courtroom drama.It all starts when Ruth Jefferson, a black Labor Delivery nurse, is told to keep away from the newborn son of white supremacists On the busy ward, though, it is Ruth who finds herself the only nurse in the room when the baby goes i
I have tried to write this review several times I guess I have a lot of thoughts about this novel.My first thought is that Jodi Picoult did not write this for me I don t know what the demographic is for Ms Picoult s novels but being a book person for a long time and having been to a couple of her book readings, I think I can make a pretty accurate guess at the demographic that buys her novels So this is a novel that was written for white women and it doesn t stray far from Ms Picoult s other novels So it will most likely do very well in terms of how much it s read.Even as I m writing this I can feel the huge BUT that comes after all of that My but is that this is really Ruth s story Ruth is the African American nurse who is accused of harming the infant of a white supremacist couple We see things from Ruth s perspective, the husband s perspective, and Ruth s lawyer s perspective By showing all of the perspectives, we get the whole well rounded story, right Not reallybecause this is Ruth s story or it should have been As I was reading, I couldn t h
I have so much to say about how terrible this book is I hated it I hated it so much idk how I even finshed it I don t think I ve ever rolled my eyes this much while reading a book.I am a black female medical student The whole premise of this book is completely wrong There is no way any medical professional was allowing a supervisor s rule prevent them from saving a patient in an emergency We swear to do no harm and to act in the benefit of the patient This would never happen, and if it did, then of course the nurse would be guilty of negligent homicide Ruth is guilty, idgaf what the patient s family said, you save that baby She has a moral and legal obligation to save that baby But the point is, that would never happen.Jodi Picoult is not black Yet she writes in the point of view of a black woman and her life struggles She does not know our struggle There are so many little inaccuracies throughout the book that prove that she was not in the position to tell this story For example, Ruth got bullied for her light skin Are you fucking kidding me Yes there is a division between light skin and dark skin, but dark skin is always always always on the losing side So that pissed me off Also, Ruth was the only black nurse in the department Highly unlikely Walk into any hospital esp on the east coast there are numerous black nurses Idk if that was for dramatic effect but
My reviews can also be seen at could probably write a twelve page review on everything I want to talk about from this book, everything I learned from this book However, my reviews are long as it is so I will try my best to keep it short wellshorter than twelve pages.I have read every book by Jodi Picoult and they all make me think As I ve said before I always learn something too But I feel like this book is the one that hit me hardest I learned so much and from the moment I started reading it, it has been on my mind.Ruth Jefferson is the widowed mother of one teenage son, Edison Her husband died during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan She is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital A highly skilled nurse with than twenty years experience.While doing a regular check up on a newborn baby, Ruth notices the mother and father glaring at her She also notices a tattoo on the father s arm It s a tattoo of a Confederate flag Only a few minutes later, Ruth is told by her supervisor that she s been reassigned and she s not to touch the Bauer baby She finds out that the parents are white supremacists and they don t want, Ruth, who is African American, anywhere near their baby.The next day at the hospital Ruth happens to be alone in the hospital nursery when the Bauer baby goes into cardiac distress Ruth has not idea what to do Does she obey the orders she s been given Or should she intervene to help the baby who s clearly in need of help The story is told from t
4.5 starsThis is an incredibly heavy read one that s told with brutal honesty and a lot of heart.My initial reaction after I read the final page of the story why would she choose to end things on that note After all of the hate and uncomfortable feelings throughout this story, how could things ever possibly be wrapped up in such a way Never No way I wasn t buying it Then, I read the earnest note from the author following the story and cried my eyes out I felt like Jodi Picoult had crawled inside my head and answered every single burning question I had while reading this book She even managed to give me the explanation I needed to accept the ending Reading her thoughts and inspiration behind the story somehow validated my own feelings and made the story feel that much real.I had no idea what I was in for when I picked this one up We all read for a variety of reasons to escape to a different world, to relax or maybe even to see things from a different perspective Not every story makes me reflect on my own life, my way of thinking or gives me the opportunity to learn something about myself and the way I view the world This is one of those rare times that a story managed to do just that Honestly, my headspace was k
THIS REVIEW IS SAFE TO READ NO SPOILERS There is nothing in this review which isn t already suggested in the blurb I begin with an excerpt Suddenly Roarke Matthews is standing in front of me His suit is ironed with knife edge pleats, his shoes are buffed to a high gloss He looks like a soapopera star, except his nose is a off kilter, like he broke it playing football in high school He holds out a hand to greet me Mr Bauer, he says, why don t you come with me He leads me into an even imposing office, this one full of black leather and chrome, and gestures to a spot on the love seat Let me say again how sorry I am for your loss, Matthews says, like everyone else does these days The words have gotten so ordinary in fact that they feel like rain I hardly even notice them any On the phone, we talk about the possibility of filing a civil suit Whatever it s called , I interrupt I just want someone to pay for this Ah, Matthews says And that is why I have asked you to come in here You see, it s quite complicated What s so complicated You sue the nurse She s the one who did this Matthews hesitates You could sue Ruth Jefferson, he agrees But let s be realistic she doesn t have a pot to piss in As you know, there s a criminal prosecutio
Oh dear, sigh sigh I m sad I didn t like this book I so wanted to Lots of friends love Picoult, so I feel sort of like an alien, one standing at alert, with her handy but annoying Complaint Board right here front and center.The story line drew me right in A black labor and delivery nurse is accused by a white supremacist of murdering his newborn, and a very sympathetic and determined lawyer defends her All three Ruth the nurse, Turk the supremacist, and Kennedy the lawyer have their own chapters, all told in first person.The big Number One on my Complaint Board is that this is a message book, and I don t really like message books I realize I read fiction to escape from reality There s too much chaos and horror in real life, I need a break I do love it if a book makes me ponder human nature, but I don t like lectures If I want to think about social issues, I read nonfiction, watch a documentary, talk to friends The author has set out to teach us a thing or two Did I say I wanted to go to class Did I say I wanted a sermon Despite my protests, the book did spark two interesting discussions on racism The author talks through her characters, of course about there being two kinds of racism active and passive I had never thought of racism in those terms, and it really made me think.And even though I don t like message stories, I do appreciate that Picoult is an amazing crusader There s an author s note at the end w
This is a powerful book, bold in some ways , as we have a white author bringing to us a story depicting what racism looks like and trying to tell those of us who are not black, what it feels like But anyone who has read any of Jodi Picoult s books knows that she doesn t shy away from difficult to discuss topics I don t think very often about white supremacists Maybe because there hasn t been much about them in the news on a regular basis until recently or maybe because it s so uncomfortable to admit that there are people of this way of thinking around us that it s easier to not think about it Lately though there has been some news attention to white supremacy as it s ugly face comes out, but the ugly face of racism is front and center in the every day life of Ruth Jefferson in this novel not just with the white supremacists portrayed here This is what makes Picoult s new novel so relevant An African American labor and delivery nurse, Ruth Jefferson is on trial for the murder of a newborn baby she tries to save after she was told she could not care for the baby at the request of the white supremacist parents I couldn t help but like Ruth , a hard working widow who works hard at a job she loves to make a good life for her son Ruth s narrative alternates with Turk, the baby s father It was definitely uncomfortable reading what Turk has to say about black people but that s the point
AVAILABLE NOW Look up at the dark sky See those stars They all belong to Small Great Things.The Small Great Things at the end is not the same Small Great Things it is at the beginning, meaning that so much is happening, so much is revealed that there s no way to read the first chapter and predict the rest of the story.Small Great Things has come a long way So has Kennedy So has Turk So has Ruth So has Edison So has the world.That s how it should be Doesn t mean though, that we re at the finish line yet Small Great Things definitely proves that we aren t.Jodi Picoult s new book didn t make me realize how na ve I was Michelle Alexander did with her talk on mass incarceration in the US But while my eyes were wide due to Alexander s revelatory comments on today s caste system, this book opened them even wider thanks to Ruth s honesty, Kennedy s character development and Turk s sole existence.There are some scenes in this book that seem too good to be true, especially the ones related to Adele and the judge at the end, but it doesn t make the subject of racism less authentically dealt with.Of course, this book made me angry and that s good This means what happened to Ruth affected me It s unjust It s unfair It s inhumane But what s surprising is, though I completely hated Turk for suing Ruth, I still questioned whether Ruth was
Jodi Picoult has been a best selling author for over twenty years Twenty years ago she wanted to discuss a hot button issue but did not feel like she had the platform to do so About a year ago, Picoult read where a black female nurse in Flint, Michigan had been dismissed by a white supremacist patient over skin color Feeling that the time was right to discuss race, Picoult used this court case as a basis for Small Great Things, her current best selling novel Ruth Jefferson has been a labor and delivery nurse for over twenty years On one snowy Saturday, she is assigned to Davis Bauer, the child of Turk and Brittany Bauer When the parents see Ruth, they go ballistic because they are members of the Aryan movement and do not want someone like her touching their baby Reassigned, Ruth is enraged but does her job, yet by doing her job to the fullest, Davis Bauer dies in her care, or so it seems The parents automatically point to Ruth, her license is revoked, and the drama begins Picoult alternates the novel from the points of view of Ruth, Turk, and Kennedy McQuarrie, Ruth s attorney Employing flashbacks and the present day narrative, Picoult creates rich, multi layered characters who all bring varying perspectives on the rap on race to the table Ruth who has been bu