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Small Great Things

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2016

Duration: 16 hours 3 minutes


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

“[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.”—Booklist (starred review)

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.


  • Roz G

    Great book. Made you think about race relations in our country.

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  • Deanne G

    This is by far my favorite book by Jody Picoult. I started reading because of her but I was always somewhat unsatisfied by the endings of some of her books. This book kept me interested the whole time and I love the beginning middle and end.

  • Jazz S

    Really enjoyed this listen, very relevant to events today and for one person Jodi Picoult (as usual) does a great job in bringing so many perspectives to the mix

  • Maria E

    I loved this book, the characters and the 3 narrators did an excellent job!

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  • Nancy C

    Excellent book- written and narrated!!! Would highly recommend!

  • Jody M

    Very relevant for today’s events

  • jordan b

    The book was well written from various perspectives and it kept me engaged, and the audio was really well done. I found some of the characters to be a little unrealistic or reaching. It's my first read by this author and I will definitely give her another try, but this wasn't my favorite.

  • Melanie H

    Excellent narration and insightful perspective of different characters. Great book!

  • Stephanie R

    Great listen, well-narrated, very thought provoking. I thought on the whole it tied up too nicely at the end; in real life I'm not sure I'd expect the accused to get off and the white supremacist to see the error of his ways, but I'd like to think that would happen. Overall I like it a lot better than My Sister's Keeper, where I thought the ending ruined the point of the rest of the book.