My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A strongly-written novel that tugs at your heart and drills into your gut.
The story centres on an African-American nurse who is assigned to a newborn baby and its mother. The child’s parents are both white supremists, who complain to the hospital on the grounds of race, and the nurse is banned from treating them. When something serious goes wrong with the baby, she faces first an ethical dilemma and then the fallout from her split-second response.
This novel is not an easy read. It is confronting and uncomfortable and it stirs up your emotions. Some of the characters are totally objectionable, but they are so well-drawn that the extent of their hatred and despair is almost palpable.
In reading this book, you cannot help but examine your own preferences and prejudices. Given the same set of circumstances, what would you do? An excellent read if you like a novel that makes you think.