This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest-complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart. Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty 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. Praise for Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time "A riveting drama." -Us Weekly "[A] moving tale." - People "A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery." -USA Today "Poignant . . . an entertaining story about parental love, friendship, loss." -The Washington Post From the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time "A riveting drama." -Us Weekly "[A] moving tale." - People "A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery." -USA Today "Poignant . . . an entertaining story about parental love, friendship, loss." -The Washington Post
Jodi Picoult, geb. 1967 auf Long Island, lebt nach ihrem Studium in Princeton und Harvard zusammen mit ihrem Mann und drei Kindern in Hanover, New Hampshire. 1992 veröffentlichte sie ihren ersten Roman. 2003 wurde sie für ihre Werke mit dem National England Book Award ausgezeichnet. Sie gehört zu den erfolgreichsten amerikanischen Erzählerinnen weltweit ihr Roman 'Beim Leben meiner Schwester' wurde in Hollywood verfilmt.