Small Great Things

'To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century'

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Ruth Jefferson is a labor 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? Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family-especially her teenage son-as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others-and themselves-might be wrong.
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There is a fire raging, and we have two choices: we can turn our backs, or we can try to fight it (from the author's afterword)
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Jodi Picoult, geboren 1967 auf Long Island, New York, lebt heute nach ihrem Studium in Princeton und Harvard mit ihrem Mann und den drei Kindern in Hannover, New Hampshire. Sie gehört zu den faszinierendsten angelsächsischen Erzählern und besitzt die seltene Gabe, die Zerbrechlichkeit und Komplexität menschlicher Beziehungen in ihren Romanen festhalten zu können. 2003 wurde sie mit dem New England Book Award ausgezeichnet. Zuletzt erschienen auf deutsch mit großem Erfolg ihre Romane »Beim Leben meiner Schwester« und »Die Wahrheit meines Vaters«.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 528
Erscheinungsdatum 20.04.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4447-8803-7
Verlag Hodder And Stoughton
Maße (L/B/H) 13,6/19,1/1,6 cm
Gewicht 374 g
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Two years after "Leaving Time" Jodi Picoult has finally published a new book for adults. And let me say, it's nothing short of stunningly eye-opening. Ruth has been to prestigious schools, got her nursing degree at Yale and has worked as a competent Labor & Delivery Nurse for more than... Two years after "Leaving Time" Jodi Picoult has finally published a new book for adults. And let me say, it's nothing short of stunningly eye-opening. Ruth has been to prestigious schools, got her nursing degree at Yale and has worked as a competent Labor & Delivery Nurse for more than 20 years. Still, she suddenly finds herself being tried for murdering an infant. Why? Because a white supremacist didn't want her attending to his newborn son, due to her black skin color. "Small Great Things" is an amazing novel about open and hidden racism, power and the not so just legal system that will stay with you long after you finished reading it. The story is told by Ruth, an African American L & D Nurse, Kennedy, her Caucasian lawyer, and Turk, the white supremacist whose son Ruth supposedly killed. By letting those three very different people speak for themselves, you get to know them and their views pretty well and it becomes apparent very soon, that not everything is as it initially seems. For me, this book was shocking, saddening and eye-opening all at once. I got reminded how the legal system works: More often that not it's all about making money and saving someone's ass - excuse my French - instead of serving justice, which is just frustrating. What got me the most, though, was the fact that even though I don't think of myself as a very prejudiced person, I realized that I am (as almost everybody else to some extent). Racism doesn't start and end with being hostile towards a person with different skin color, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Seemingly small things like assuming a book character to be Caucasian just because they are not described as African American, Asian or Latino is really not that different. I can whole-heartedly recommend "Small Great Things" to anyone who is interested in a well thought-through story that's not only suspenseful and surprising, but also thought-provoking.