Small Great Things (Picoult) - Summary Guide - Book Club Discussion QuestionsSmall Great Things is Jodi Picoult at her scintillating best. Typically, this accomplished writer takes a complicated, controversial and timely social dilemma and fleshes it out with her characters; so you get both the moral implications of a genuinely worrying situation, plus the warmth and anxieties of the individuals living a nightmare. This is a brave book because of course Picoult is white and is unafraid of revealing to her readers how even white people with the best of intentions can get it wrong. Ruth is a widowed black woman living with her year-old son in Connecticut. Always bright and clever, she regards herself as middle-class and well-educated. Ruth herself is a hugely experienced and capable midwife in a small maternity unit.
Jodi Picoult takes on racism, discrimination in "Small Great Things"
Richard and Judy Introduce Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
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See Featured Authors Answering Questions. To ask other readers questions about Small Great Things , please sign up. Answered Questions Did anyone else find this book disturbing? The subject matter is really bothering me. Talisa Rafferty I don't know if I am bothered or pleased that some are finding this difficult to read. I hope that people read this and understand that this is what …more I don't know if I am bothered or pleased that some are finding this difficult to read.
Which of the three main characters Ruth, Turk, or Kennedy do you most relate to, and why? Think about what you have in common with the other two characters as well. How can you relate to them? The title of the book comes from the Martin Luther King Jr. What are some examples of small great things done by the characters in the novel? How does the relationship change over the course of the novel? Kennedy seeks out a neighborhood in which she is the only white person to help her gain some perspective.