Small Great Things (by Jodi Picoult)

The cover says that Small Great Things is about prejudice and power. It is a powerful novel about a White Supremacist who loses a baby at birth. Sad enough but the nurse could be at fault! The novel revolves around the ethnicity of the nurse who is black.

It soon becomes evident that the nurse will be taken to court. The nurse is represented by a white lawyer who claims she no racial prejudices. The story allows prejudices on both sides of the ethnicity to be analysed and debated.

Jodi Picoult has a superb vehicle to examine our morals, attitudes, and prejudices. It makes you think about your own values and although you might see yourself as non-prejudicial it certainly provokes thought. Her observations are canny and educational.

It is an enjoyable read with a great cast of characters and evokes immense sympathy for the nurse. My only worries that is one, it is written by a white author (does she capture all the problems of non-white races?), and secondly, it seemed from a very early stage in the book that there was no case to answer by the black nurse. One law for all?

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