Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I’ve been searching for a book to really blow me away for the whole of 2017, but I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by everything I’ve read so. But finally, FINALLY, I have found a book to really love – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

I was a huge Jodi Picoult fan going back eight or 10 years. I read every new book as soon as it came out and worked my through her back catalogue too. Her novels were well written with interesting story lines, but they did start to get a little bit same-y. They were always written from a parent’s point of view, there was always some unusual situation going on involving a child and generally a court case too. Then I had the misfortune to read Lone Wolf, which was particularly bad in my humble opinion, and I stopped reading Jodi Picoult.

But The Storyteller from a few years ago was pretty special and I’d heard really good things about Small Great Things. Most writers progress and improve over time – it was time to check out Jodi Picoult again! And I wasn’t disappointed.

Small Great Things is the story of a baby who dies shortly after birth and the circumstances surrounding that death. To the reader, it seems like a very unfortunate case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but to the baby’s parents it is the fault of the nurse who had been banned from caring for him by his father. And so both families go to hell and back, via the inevitable court case, in the search of the truth.

As is always the way with Jodi Picoult, the novel is written from the point of view of the three main characters – nurse Ruth, father Turk and Ruth’s lawyer, Kendall.

Jodi Picoult is a white American author who is no doubt rolling in cash. Ruth is a Black woman, who has fought to be accepted in a white world. Turk is a White Supremacist. I am in awe at how well Picoult becomes these two characters, they are completely and utterly believable. That’s what makes this novel so special.

The opening few chapters of Small Great Things are just stunning. It tails off slightly in the middle as the story moves along, but it still blows anything else I’ve read this year out of the water. I shed a fair few tears over this book and was very surprised by the twist near the end.

If you’re looking for a moving, thought-provoking and very well written read, I can definitely recommend Small Great Things.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I love Jodi Picoult too, just need to find more time to pick up a book & not toys or laundry now!

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    • This one is definitely her best! I always found a bit of time to read even when my kids were small, but I do have more time for it now and I love it 🙂

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  2. Ooh interestingly I was talking about Jodi Picoult to a friend while we were running on Wednesday. I hadn’t heard of Small Great Things but I’m going to look out for it, thanks for the recommendation!
    Nat.x

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    • You definitely need to read this one. All Jodi Picoult books are good, but this one is a cut above. x

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    • Exactly that! Thanks very much 🙂

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  3. Ahh now this is interesting! Like you I discovered her books about eight years ago and became mildly obsessed. But then I think I read one too many and became a bit bored of them and I can’t actually remember the last time I read any of her books. This is making me think that I should try again though!

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    • It sounds like we’ve been on exactly the same ‘Jodi Picoult journey’. You should definitely try this one though, I think it’s quite special. It’s taking her work to the next level.

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  4. I loved this book, such powerful writing! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    • It really was powerful! It amazed me how she could get into the two characters and make them so believable.

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  5. I used to read a lot of Jodi Piccoult but like you I started to feel that the books were a bit same- y and sometimes predictable. Maybe now I’ve had a break I should go back to her again too, her books always come across as really well researched.

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    • They’re really well researched! This feels like it’s superior to her other books. It’s definitely worth a try!

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    • This is definitely worth reading! It’s a really gripping and thought-provoking story.

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  6. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Jodi Piccoult book, I’ve never fancied any of them really. I think I should definitely give her a try though and this sounds like a good one to go for. #readwithme

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    • I know what you mean about sometimes just not fancying a particular author. I’ve done that and sometimes my instincts have been proved right and sometimes they’ve been proved very wrong. Why did I think I wouldn’t enjoy The Hunger Games?! I loved it!
      This one is definitely worth a go.

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  7. I’m going to keep an eye out for this book at the charity shop. It sounds like a book I’d enjoy.

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