Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
Ruth Jefferson is a labour and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty 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? (Goodreads)
This book left me completely speechless, as most of Jodi Picoult's do. She doesn't shy away from the more ignored topics, so a book about a modern-day conflict between a black midwife and white supremacist parents? Even from just the blurb, it sounded like it would be an interesting read.
I didn't want to even put this book down. It went everywhere with me (including to a job interview... I got the job), and I read it whenever I had a spare moment.
It was shocking to read. Because you always know that there is a side of society there who still believe in white supremacy, but you just ignore it. I'm guilty of that. You push the issues to the side because they don't affect you. So this book opened my eyes to a side of society I hadn't even thought about.
I would like to say that since this is set in the USA, I know that the UK is different, but I can't. As much as I hope that nothing like this would happen over here in the UK, I also know what society is like, and that white supremacy does exist, and society is still racist. But I'd never put that much thought towards the modern-day issues with white supremacy until reading this.
Small Great Things was hard to read. It was hard to follow Ruth's struggles through the whole novel because it is upsetting. But sometimes an upsetting book is what you need to put you back in touch with what is still happening in society.
I just wished I'd read this sooner.
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