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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.

  • 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.

  • Page H

    Loved this book. I want another one just like it that can capture my attention!

  • Andrea N

    This was my first audiobook and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The book held my attention the whole time.

  • Catherine A

    Great so far. Can't wait to hear the rest! Jodi Piccoult has always been one of my favorite authors.

  • Crysta M

    Amazing! Well written. Well read. I couldn't stop listening.

  • Erin T

    One of the best books I have heard in a long time. A modern-day Mockingbird in terms of the emotional attachment to characters and racial themes. I think it reveals a great deal about the subversive prejudices in our society. Very thought-provoking!

  • Amy K

    Great read! I felt every emotion possible

  • Valerie G

    Excellent story! Had a difficult time to turn it off. Very thought provoking and insightful.

  • Kari H

    This book was amazing! Great readers and a great story for a great lesson. It's an eye opener.