Small Great Things//Book Review

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I just found out that one of my most recent reads, Small Great Things, is destined for the big screen.

Yes, yes, I’m a little behind on the news.

Anyway, it’s starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts, so let’s all be excited.

(If you listen to the Lindsay half of us, you should always watch the movie before you read the book so you’re not disappointed anyway. Just a thought.)

Now on to our synopsis and review of Small Great Things.


The story takes place in modern day Connecticut where Ruth Jefferson has been a labour and delivery nurse for more than twenty years. One morning, after beginning her shift, she is re-assigned to a different patient. Her¬†original baby’s parents are white supremacists and want Ruth, an African American, to have nothing to do with their son. Further, her supervisor tells her she is not to go near the baby.

The next morning Ruth is alone in the nursery with the baby (Davis) goes into cardiac arrest and in the space of seconds she has to decide if she is going to touch the baby against direct orders and risk losing her job or obey orders but watch a patient suffer.

Events spiral and nothing she has done or hasn’t done can save him and baby Davis dies.

In the ensuing weeks, Ruth finds herself embroiled in a legal battle over her treatment of baby Davis.

And that’s all we’ll tell you-you need to read the rest for yourself.

Picoult has beautifully woven an important book to read in the conversation of racism, prejudice, identity, and justice. It’s certainly worth reading.

To be honest, I found it a hard book to read because I was so angry/frustrated at so many unjust parts of the story. So know – if you’re like me – you might have to talk ¬†yourself down.

Let us know if you read it and what you think!



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