Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
I will preface this post with a disclaimer: it’s been a few months since I read Small Great Things, so the plot is a little fuzzy. That being said, I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked it for a lot of reasons, but I really struggled reading it as well. It discusses a very challenging and difficult subject: racism. I remember reading it and struggling reading the hate from one character in particular. It was so hard to read. The book is told from three different perspectives: Ruth, a black labor and deliver nurse, Kennedy, a white defense lawyer, and Turk, a white supremest who accuses Ruth of killing his son because she is black. The book follows the three of them from the tragedy of Turk’s son dying to the accusal and arrest of Ruth, to the entire trial. I really liked this book because of how it portrayed racism, how emotionally intense it was, and because it was a legal story. The emotions were raw and at times challenging, but honestly, it was an excellent book. Spoilers: after all the turmoil, Ruth is acquitted because Turk and his wife show their true colors. Kennedy is thrilled because justice is served. Turk and his wife cannot repair their relationship after the death of their son and separate. Turk is able to recognize how destructive and wrong his racism is and slowly changes his perspective completely.
Summing it up: this book was challenging, but worth it and I recommend it!