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Small Great Things

A Novel
Série : Ruth Jefferson, Volume 1
Durée : 16 h et 14 min
4,8 out of 5 stars (15 notations)

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Number-one New York Times Best Seller

With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead listeners to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new pause-resister from Jodi Picoult.

Soon to be a major motion picture

“[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 20 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 Small Great Things

Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written.... It will challenge her readers...[and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.” (The Washington Post)

“A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today...a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down.” (San Francisco Book Review)

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Random House Audio

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A revelation

I never read Picoult before but was recommended the book by a close friend. For me a book which I will not forget. The narrators are all brilliant. The book beautifully written. I would love seeing a movie coming out of it!

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LOOOVED it.

Deep, intense, moving, thought - provoking, eye - opening, timely, necessary. Thank you, Jodi Picoult.

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  • Sabrina
  • 01/11/2016

Must Read

Must read for everyone! I was a little hesitant to read at first being a black woman and doubting our represtation by a non black author. To my pleasant surprise Picoult hit the mark and truly embodied Ruth. The obstacle and fears Ruth expressed are truly daily concerns that plagues us. Loved this book.

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  • Bonnie Miller
  • 19/09/2018

White privilege shoved down your throat

This was written as if we were still living in the 50’s instead of the present day America in which its characters stories are told, with mention of Obama, Trump and every black person who was shot and used as political pawns in the past 5 years. It’s ridiculously cliche’d and never fails to lump all conservatives/Tea Party/Republicans into a “basket of deplorables” with the worst white supremacists. I only listened to this because of book club but would NEVER recommend this book.

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  • Anne
  • 16/10/2016

Hard to read for several reasons

Picoult almost always makes me think. And Small Great Things is no exception. It's "ripped from the headlines" and fairly well done.

The setup and development of the plot were well done but the big "plot twist" was manipulative. I'm not going to provide any spoilers, but as soon as I saw it coming, I was annoyed with the author.

The main characters (Ruth; her son; her sister; Turk and Brittany, her accusers; and Kennedy, her public defender) were well drawn if painfully close to stereotypes - or maybe archetypes. This bothered me. She also had some very preachy moments in that she put lots and lots of words in the characters' minds so that lessons could be conveyed. These factors detracted from what was otherwise a pretty good book.

On the other hand, Picoult really made me think about some painful truths about race relations in America. One of the best things seemed to be her successful attempt to let her readers at least come close to understanding how "the other" feels.

For this I am grateful. I recommend the book.

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  • Tamiko Shell
  • 14/10/2017

Rolled my eyes

When I saw the subject matter and that the author was white, I rolled my eyes. I thought here was go again, another white author trying to tell a story from a black perspective. I continued to roll my eyes through at least a third of the book. Then I realized she’s telling my story, my husband’s story, my sister’s and my friend’s stories. The book is told in such a way I forgot the author was white and appreciated the work. I’ve recommended it to several friends of all races. Can’t wait to hear their reactions.

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  • Melinda Myers
  • 29/10/2016

There aren't enough stars for this perspective altering story.

Jodi Picoult has me in awe. The story and the way it's told will forever change the way I view people and hopefully my interactions with those who are different from me. I'm grateful for this book and plan to hand it to many people this Christmas.

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  • Margarito Martinez
  • 29/10/2016

WOW! Great book. A must read.

I honestly have never read a book that isn't a mystery or thriller. Yet this book was highly recommended. This book has left me truly thinking & feeling all the pain with Ruth & Kennedy. I was haunted for days of how she educated us without trying . I love the social justice in this book and how every individual may walk away feeling something but it brings societies ignorance with social justice even if we think it doesn't affect them. I truly loved the way our author wrote this book. She took every aspect of this book & gave you the insight of how they think or feel. I never saw the ending coming, I never expected the twist with Brittany. But most of all, I love the story, the journey & the title of this book.

Read the last chapter, the author expresses why she choose this storyline. So well done.

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  • Phillip Cochran
  • 10/06/2019

Laden with an agenda.

Although I found myself rooting for Ruth, the protagonist, I became increasingly annoyed with the subtle messages and jibes. The author even weaved in a slam at Fox News and promoted MSNBC. Really? MSNBC, the most vitriolic program on TV? Racism, liberal lawyer on a white horse comes to the recuse, against racist white America.

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  • Constant Reader
  • 14/10/2016

WOW

Upon reading the synopsis, I was a little suspect about this novel. Frankly, it sounded as if it could easily set me up to be disappointed and I really liked Jodi Picout too much to be disappointed by one of her novels. I preordered the book and began it in the first day it arrived.

Why did I love this book? Because I've lived this book and it felt as if Jodi looked into my heart, mind and soul to craft this novel . It felt as if she became a sister from another mother and gave voice to my greatest fears and angst. Thank you for putting the voice that resonates inside my head into words that others can read:listen to and understand.

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  • Empty Nester in Washington
  • 16/10/2016

Unable to get this book out of my head!

Best book I've read or listened to in a very long time. The narrators are stellar. The story line so relevant to today. Most importantly I was drawn in and felt like I was Ruth.

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  • HobbyDuckHill
  • 29/10/2016

Well that stung a bit, but thanks!

For once I can finally see, just a little bit mind you, why there's so much anger emanating from blacks towards whites who've not done anything specifically racist, but rather have simply benefited from being in the majority.

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  • Trikalinos
  • 18/01/2017

Highly recommended

This book is both entertaining and educating. The characters have a lot of depth. Racism is much more diverse than most of us acknowledge and notice.

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  • Customer
  • 05/11/2016

Deserves to be on the Best-sellers list

Loved it. Very thought provoking. Story was superb and so were the narrators. Looking forward to other Jodi Picoult books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/09/2020

Breath taking! i was unable to put it down

i was blown away by the story. the voices are fantastic too. strong, sometimes annoying but well matched

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  • nicole
  • 01/11/2019

Great great great novel

I hesitated reading a book about black/white as I just do not like how the topic is usually treatet... but the giod reviews convinced me to listen. I am absolutely stunned how deep and surprising the story is, so many details and awesome twists.. you can really feel and see the world of each character... I listened to this every mi ute I could and highly recommend it to actually everyone.

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  • Benjamin und Andrea Rüdiger
  • 14/10/2019

Gripping and moving story

This moving story challenged me personally and was highly entertaining and gripping at the same time. Highly recommended.

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  • Paffi
  • 04/09/2019

Sehr gelungen

Alle drei Sprecher sind passend und klasse. Die Geschichte ist spannend und fesselnd!! Vielleicht ist es bisweilen etwas dick aufgetragen und dadurch auch hier und da einmal etwas zu klischeehaft. Aber der Gesamteindruck hat mich überzeugt.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 16/08/2019

Super...

touches the feeling, and shows us the sides we may ignore during our crowded life.

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  • Julia
  • 06/02/2018

Great story!

Very touching thanks to the 3 authentic storytellers! Sensitive and important topic, excellent discussed by the author. I'm really immersed in the story and will somehow miss it.

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  • Mama Bastel
  • 10/11/2017

Intense!

Wow, picking up this book title, I didn’t expect such an intense story. A must read for an open minded society!

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  • jörg
  • 07/09/2017

One word: AMAZING!

Dieses Buch ist fantastisch! Die Charaktere sind (typisch Jodi Picoult) ausgefeilt haben Ecken und Kanten. Man fühlt mit ihnen... man versteht sie.. beide Seiten... man leidet mit ihnen... man empfindet aber auch Abscheu teilweise... sie beschreibt alles so real so detailliert dass man nur mitfühlen kann (ganz gleich in welche Richtung)! Das Buch behandelt ein Thema das alle kennen! Rassismus! Der in unseren Tagen trotz aller Vorgeschichte akuteller ist denn je! LEIDER! Danke für dieses Buch