Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult has done herself and her fans and followers proud. A fabulous read that will change the way you think about racism.
Ruth Jefferson, a delivery nurse on hospital labour nurse is assigned a patient during her shift; following her initial checks she is later advised that she is no longer responsible for the new baby and at the parent’s request she is not to touch him. Later, Ruth finds herself alone with this very same baby and is forced to make a life-or-death decision; the baby dies and Ruth suddenly finds herself suspended and at the receiving end of a murder charge.
The issues; Ruth Jefferson is African-American and the baby’s parent’s are white supremacists, and leaders of a pro-white movement.
Enter Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, keen to prove herself in her first big case, who advises Ruth that if they want to win, then the courtroom is no place to raise the subject of racial discrimination. Torn between her desire to correct the wrong, and her need to highlight the racial injustice of the case, Ruth and Kennedy must somehow find a middle ground in which to work.
An absolutely brilliant read! As usual Jodi Picoult handles highly sensitive material with intelligence, insight and empathy, highlighting serious issues and throwing them open to debate.
This book comes with the highest recommendation from me!

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