Review of ‘Small Great Things’ by Jodi Picoult

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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.

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About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an Australian author of contemporary and historical fiction. 'The Scarlet Key' published in 2016 is the second Seth VerBeek mystery. The crime-busting reporter is back with a new cast of unforgettable characters and a new puzzle to solve. It's about live, love, death, and tattoos, with a touch of the mystical. 'Baby Farm', her debut novel, is a cozy crime mystery about forced adoptions of the 1970s, and a surrogacy and baby trafficking racket. It is the first of the Seth VerBeek series. Debbie Terranova is a prizewinning author of short stories: 'Mowbray Brothers' about growing up in East Brisbane in the 1920s; and 'Mischief' about reinventing yourself and in the process falling in love ... with an adorable but mischievous cat.
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