Small Great Things
A NovelBook - 2016
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A young woman and her husband, admitted to hospital to have a baby, request that their nurse be reassigned--they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates ... Read More »
"A black neonatal nurse is charged with causing the death of a white supremacist’s newborn baby. The story is told from the points of view of the nurse, her attorney, and the baby’s heartbroken father. As always, Picoult’s attention to legal, organizational, and medical details help the tale... Read More »
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“The best lies are the ones that are wrapped around a core of truth.” - p. 113
“The only time people who look like us are making history, it’s a footnote.” - p. 119
“Freedom is the fragile neck of a daffodil, after the longest of winters.” - p. 449
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
“Admitting that racism has played a part in our success means admitting that the American dream isn’t quite so accessible to all.”
“It’s the difference between dancing along the eggshell crust of acquaintance and diving into the messy center of a relationship. It’s not always perfect; it’s not always pleasant—but because it is rooted in respect, it is unshakable.”
“You say you don’t see color…but that’s all you see. You’re so hyperaware of it, and of trying to look like you aren’t prejudiced, you can’t even understand that when you say race doesn’t matter all I hear is you dismissing what I’ve felt, what I’ve lived, what it’s like to be put down because of the color of my skin.”
“Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed.”
“In a lot of ways, having a teenager isn't all that different from having a newborn. You learn to read the reactions, because they're incapable of saying exactly what it is that's causing pain.”
“It just goes to show you: every baby is born beautiful.
It's what we project on them that makes them ugly.”
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