small great things
The book club will meet at 10:00 on April 18th at the home of Pam Overby (in DeerWood) to discuss Jodi Picoult’s book, “small great things.”
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, justice, and compassion and doesn’t offer easy answers.
This is the story about Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse with more than twenty years experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine check up on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parent’s 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:
he insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel and as the trial becomes a media sensation, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family-especially her teenage son. Ruth and Kennedy must gain
each other’s trust, and come to see what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others and about themselves, might be wrong.
The book club gathers each month on the third Monday. If you are interested in more information please contact Mary Louise Selzer, MLSelzer@comcast.net or 904-613-6147.
Posted on Thu, March 29, 2018
by Catrine Fredrikson