What Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is about:
Small, Great Things is the story of a court case that happens between a white supremacist family and Ruth Jefferson, a African-American labor and delivery nurse. As is her style, the story is told from the viewpoint of most of the main characters. It explores US race relations, discrimination and privilege in true Picoult fashion.
Why I loved it:
One of Jodi Picoult’s strengths as an author is showing the perspective of her different characters. Even when we disagree with others, they have a reason they believe what they do. Her technique lets us explore the questions brought up in the book in a unique manner.
Where it will inspire you to travel:
If you are not from the United States and will soon be visiting, this is a good look into our current cultural struggles. If you are traveling through New Haven, Connecticut you will have a better understanding of the area.
A couple of my favorite quotes from Small Great Things
“Do you think there will ever be a time when racism doesn’t exist?” “No, because it means white people would have to buy into being equal. Who’d choose to dismantle the system that makes them special?”
“Would I have paid more attention last April when the daffodils first came up, if I’d known I wasn’t going to see them again.”