Small Great Things is a riveting read. To say that Jodi Picoult is an accomplished writer is an understatement.
This book is controversial. The author has been extremely brave to tackle a story with race at its heart.
Whatever you think about race and racism, this book takes a good story and presents it from several points of view – that of Ruth, a nurse who is the only black nurse employed in her hospital, Kennedy a public defender who is a white liberal and Turk, a white supremacist.
Mostly the voices come across as authentic. As always with a story there are some moments that felt contrived.
If you like Picoult's work do read this despite its theme. It is not a lecture or an essay – it is a story. But at times it does make you question the approach of the average white person to race issues – it certainly was uncomfortable to read at times.
I couldn't figure out the title until I got to the author's notes at the end where she explains that it comes from one of Martin Luther King's speeches.