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GML Thursday Book Club: Small Things by Jodi Picoult

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gunn Memorial Library Thursday Book Club

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Thursday, May 23
6:00 PM

The Thursday evening book club at the Gunn Memorial library will discuss the 2017 award
winning book, Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. Copies of the book will be available at the
library’s circulation desk.
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 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.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice,
justice, and compassion – and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable
achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk


May 23
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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