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Small Great Things

byJodi Picoult

Paperback | February 20, 2018

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult presents an intelligent, empathetic story about a woman caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history into present day.


     Ruth has worked in the maternity ward for over twenty years, but when young couple Turk and Brittany Bauer are admitted to have their first child, they request that Ruth be reassigned--they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, a black woman, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. Forced into making a difficult decision, she hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into the courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.
JODI PICOULT is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Linesand O...
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Title:Small Great ThingsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:528 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1.22 inShipping dimensions:8.2 × 5.5 × 1.22 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I've read many Jodi Picoult books and generally enjoy them. This was the first I've read in a while and it didn't disappoint. This book will make you feel things. It made me mad, sad, vindictive & also chuckle in a few places. Most of all it made me think and I think ultimately that's the most important thing that this book will do. Buy it. Read it. Think. Change the world.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read This book was incredible. I could not believe how I had so many emotions while reading this book. I was truly impressed with how Jodi Picoult researched this book it was really on point I felt. She did really good for herself and her son did really good for himself. Her lawyer was really good I liked how she went to the store with her and seen what it was like for a black persons and then when she went out of her area and felt how Ruth felt. This book was really worth the read. I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as i did Don’t let nothing or nobody stand in your way
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! My husband and I read this book together and it was amazing. It initiated a LOT of discussion and debates between us which i loved. It was hard to put this book down. We have very different taste but we both loved the book. Jodi Picoult did an amazing job writing about racism. It was interesting to read Turk's perspective. There were parts of the book that got a little bit boring but only a very little portion towards the end.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! Wow! I couldn’t put this book down. Loved every minute. One ☝️ f my favourite Jodi Picoult books.
Date published: 2018-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing This book had me at the edge of my seat! Beautifully written and extremely relevant for today. I loved it.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Jodi Picoult does it again with this thought provoking book. Perhaps at times uncomfortable to read as you realize some truths within your self. I avoided reading this book for a while because of my own personal likes and dislikes and it while reading I became alarming aware of my own bias. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that involves a ride to self-awareness with a compelling ability to make you reach inside yourself to find your truth.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read It's a strong story. The author is capable of bringing out emotions for all the characters as they build. The book starts off really well and is an absolute page-turner halfway through. The second half, really drags with not much to keep it interesting
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I have always loved Jodi Picoult's books. They touch on things that an audience can relate to. Things that are often uncomfortable but for the most part current events. This book though - WOW! I was in tears before I finished the first chapter. It stays with you and I have found myself re-reading it a few times. It is such an important book and issue in present day and although you will hate some characters, it brings a mighty message. I have lent this book to every friend I have that reads because I think it is such a good read but also an important one. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting I'm generally a big fan of Jodi's novels and this one did not disappoint. I fell in love with these characters and found myself not able to put this book down! Touches on many very important topics and is so well written.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Read This book is so important! Everyone needs to read it and learn and love.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This was the first novel I read from this author and I thought the book was average. It was interesting but almost predictable. I like that this novel offered readers the different perspectives from each character but I was looking for more substance in the story line and in the characters.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Engaging This book certainly kept me engaged. The characters were very relatable, although some may have been controversial. I felt that as much as you may have either loved or hated a particular character, there was always one trait or situational element that would challenge how you felt about him/her, really driving home the complexity of the issues that the author was grappling with throughout the novel.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :] Absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favourites from Jodi. Some parts of it were hard to read because of the nature of the content (I.e.Turk), but it added so much to the story. A must read for sure !
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opening This book was difficult to get though. I had to keep putting it down and walk away. It's a heavy, but necessary read. Picoult's books are hit/miss for me -this was most certainly a hit. Although i did find the ending a bit rushed, i would recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Painful, but Great to Read I struggled reading this book, not because its a bad book, but because of the content. Not for the light of heart. It hits all the feels for sure! I find Jodi Picoult's books to start off super intense and then fizzle out half way through, and this one was no exception. The first half was incredible, raw, and just an overall amazing read, but the last half dragged on for what felt like forever. I took off one star because of that.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opening Overall message is strong and well portrayed throughout the book. Slow parts that didn't add to the story. Much loved overall.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Picoult does it again! She out did herself with this book! Such a great read. It is quite a thick novel but definitely worth the read! I would also buy this as a gift for a reader.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw with Emotion This book is amazing! Picoult tells it from all characters points of view and you will find yourself not being able to put it down. The feelings portrayed by all characters is so raw you feel like you are there living the story with them. This book will have you questioning your own views on racism and ethics. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful. Thought-Provoking. Heartbreaking. This is an incredibly heavy read—one that’s told with brutal honesty and a lot of heart.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Exploiting heavy subject matter? Very interesting premise, but full of cliches. I can't help but think that Picoult is profiting from writing about the struggles of the "black experience" in America, while never having experienced them. Would have preferred Own Voices.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic I loved this book. So many emotions reading this. It was an eye opener to the prejudice this world is subjected to and shouldn't be.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from UNREAL READ! You absolutely HAVE TO read this book! It is a book that you will NOT want to put down! Such great insight, great reality check for some I am sure and captivating by the words that she uses. Truly a great read- you will definitely enjoy this book! Must pick up! :)
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read For me, Jodi Picoult is the queen at playing the Devil's Advocate as she narrates in several 'voices' regarding controversial situations. Her different perspectives, arguments and opinions always leave you wondering what you would do in the same predicament.....................
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small Great Things In have read 3 of this author's books so far, and they never disappoint!
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN Jodi Picoult does it again. Every time I read one of her books I am amazed by her ability to describe the same situation from a plethora of perspective. This book is a great discussion of prejudices and their impact on the North American society.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite read! I am a huge fan of Picoult so I couldn't wait to read this. I was not disappointed.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! Wonderful book by Picoult. I found myself not able to put it down, as the story unfolded in such a fast-paced way. This book is not only a great read, but also addresses racism and the effect that it has in healthcare settings, where lives are in the balance. Have lent it to many nurse friends who all loved it as well!
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not dissapoint I have read numerous books by Jodi Picoult. She is truly an amazing Author. Another great read from her.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really makes you think I love everything Jodi Picoult writes but this book was above and beyond. She puts the reader in the heart of racism and makes you look at all the issues involved. I love how she shows the issues from the perspective of three different characters...Ruth, the black nurse who lexperiences racism on various levels, Kennedy, a white woman who although not racist Is forced to look at her white world through Ruth’s eyes and sees a lot she didn’t see or admit previously and Turk, the white supremacist. This book makes you look at how racism is a struggle, an issue and a discussion that needs to happen.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not at Uncomfortable After reading this book and listened to people say how uncomfortable it is and how I should read it indoors, I have somethings to say. Nothing about racism is comfortable or delightful! you not talking about it is not going to make it go away. The opposite is the case. If more people can talk about it, at work, in school, churches, buses, restaurants and cafes and everywhere possible then just maybe we can get past the level of racism we are seeing today. I don't have any reason to hate this book. There is a reason it is called fiction and people have to get used to the fact that anyone can writer whatever they want on whatever topic they choose. Some say nobody gave Jodi the right to write a book about black people and light skin people don't get bullied and all that. I say at least she got people talking whether about color or racism or culture, we are talking! I liked the way this book is told from 3 different perspectives: Ruth - a black woman, Kennedy - a white woman and Turk - a white supremacist. A black woman's journey through racism, prejudice, through court trials and friendship, understanding and family, another woman was able to gain insight even if a little to struggles of another. Through the hidden life of a white supremacist, a man was able to find peace and reconciliation. It might/does not happen just as it is told in this book but just like every other book, it comes with lessons for all.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! This is actually the first Jodi Picoult book I've read, and after this I will definitely be reading more of her books. This book was amazing. It was insightful, well written, and dealing with issues that are very current.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I always enjoy Jodi’s books, but this one was especially great. It really opens your eyes to issues around you and within yourself too. Definitely worth the read ❤️
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A difficult read This book was a difficult read because it forced me to take a look at myself and how I deal with racial issues.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow At first this book was a difficult read for me due to all the hate crime references but they proved necessary to the rest of the novel. This novel was amazing! It emphasized just how "white" our world remains. Kennedy, the lawyer defending Ruth was so amazing in challenging her self, to admitting how pro-white the world remains and experiencing first hand the black neighborhoods in their city. Hate destroys and such was the end for Brittany.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An educated look at racism Picoult takes her title from a quote attributed to Martin Luther King: "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." The novel's protagonist, Ruth Jefferson, decides to do just that despite the tragic consequences that face her for doing so. One thinks (as does her lawyer) "how stupid can she be?" The novel exposes the nuances of racism that those who are white and privileged rarely see but that people of colour deal with on a daily basis. Despite 20 years of stellar care and expertise working as a labour and delivery nurse, her employer throws her under the bus to avoid being sued. What a cowardly and despicable act. Incredulous though it may seem, Ruth is indicted for the murder of a newborn that she was trying to resuscitate. Picoult has written a terrific court room drama whose ending calls to mind Pogo in the cartoon of the same name who uttered the famous line "I have seen the enemy and it is us!" It is a very hard truth to contemplate as it stares back at us from our image in the mirror. I felt the novel didn't need the final twist and subsequent look into the future, but I did immensely enjoy the book.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good! This is a good book that takes a nuanced approach to the characters.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Such an amazing read, great story and so well written! One of my favourites.
Date published: 2018-03-02

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RuthThe miracle happened on West Seventy-fourth Street, in the home where Mama worked. It was a big brownstone encircled by a wrought-iron fence, and overlooking either side of the ornate door were gargoyles, their granite faces carved from my nightmares. They terrified me, so I didn’t mind the fact that we always entered through the less-impressive side door, whose keys Mama kept on a ribbon in her purse.Mama had been working for Sam Hallowell and his family since before my sister and I were born. You may not have recognized his name, but you would have known him the minute he said hello. He had been the unmistakable voice in the mid-1960s who announced before every show: The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC! In 1976, when the miracle happened, he was the network’s head of programming. The doorbell beneath those gargoyles was the famously pitched three-note chime everyone associates with NBC. Sometimes, when I came to work with my mother, I’d sneak outside and push the button and hum along.The reason we were with Mama that day was because it was a snow day. School was canceled, but we were too little to stay alone in our apartment while Mama went to work—which she did, through snow and sleet and probably also earthquakes and Armageddon. She muttered, stuffing us into our snowsuits and boots, that it didn’t matter if she had to cross a blizzard to do it, but God forbid Ms. Mina had to spread the peanut butter on her own sandwich bread. In fact the only time I remember Mama taking time off work was twenty-five years later, when she had a double hip replacement, generously paid for by the Hallowells. She stayed home for a week, and even after that, when it didn’t quite heal right and she insisted on returning to work, Mina found her tasks to do that kept her off her feet. But when I was little, during school vacations and bouts of fever and snow days like this one, Mama would take us with her on the B train downtown.Mr. Hallowell was away in California that week, which happened often, and which meant that Ms. Mina and Christina needed Mama even more. So did Rachel and I, but we were better at taking care of ourselves, I suppose, than Ms. Mina was.When we finally emerged at Seventy-second Street, the world was white. It was not just that Central Park was caught in a snow globe. The faces of the men and women shuddering through the storm to get to work looked nothing like mine, or like my cousins’ or neighbors’.I had not been into any Manhattan homes except for the Hallowells’, so I didn’t know how extraordinary it was for one family to live, alone, in this huge building. But I remember thinking it made no sense that Rachel and I had to put our snowsuits and boots into the tiny, cramped closet in the kitchen, when there were plenty of empty hooks and open spaces in the main entry, where Christina’s and Ms. Mina’s coats were hanging. Mama tucked away her coat, too, and her lucky scarf—the soft one that smelled like her, and that Rachel and I fought to wear around our house because it felt like petting a guinea pig or a bunny under your fingers. I waited for Mama to move through the dark rooms like Tinker Bell, alighting on a switch or a handle or a knob so that the sleeping beast of a house was gradually brought to life.“You two be quiet,” Mama told us, “and I’ll make you some of Ms. Mina’s hot chocolate.”It was imported from Paris, and it tasted like heaven. So as Mama tied on her white apron, I took a piece of paper from a kitchen drawer and a packet of crayons I’d brought from home and silently started to sketch. I made a house as big as this one. I put a family inside: me, Mama, Rachel. I tried to draw snow, but I couldn’t. The flakes I’d made with the white crayon were invisible on the paper. The only way to see them was to tilt the paper sideways toward the chandelier light, so I could make out the shimmer where the crayon had been.“Can we play with Christina?” Rachel asked. Christina was six, falling neatly between the ages of Rachel and me. Christina had the biggest bedroom I had ever seen and more toys than anyone I knew. When she was home and we came to work with our mother, we played school with her and her teddy bears, drank water out of real miniature china teacups, and braided the corn-silk hair of her dolls. Unless she had a friend over, in which case we stayed in the kitchen and colored.But before Mama could answer, there was a scream so piercing and so ragged that it stabbed me in the chest. I knew it did the same to Mama, because she nearly dropped the pot of water she was carrying to the sink. “Stay here,” she said, her voice already trailing behind her as she ran upstairs.Rachel was the first one out of her chair; she wasn’t one to follow instructions. I was drawn in her wake, a balloon tied to her wrist. My hand skimmed over the banister of the curved staircase, not touching.Ms. Mina’s bedroom door was wide open, and she was twisting on the bed in a sinkhole of satin sheets. The round of her belly rose like a moon; the shining whites of her eyes made me think of merry-go-round horses, frozen in flight. “It’s too early, Lou,” she gasped.“Tell that to this baby,” Mama replied. She was holding the telephone receiver. Ms. Mina held her other hand in a death grip. “You stop pushing, now,” she said. “The ambulance’ll be here any minute.”I wondered how fast an ambulance could get here in all that snow.“Mommy?”It wasn’t until I heard Christina’s voice that I realized the noise had woken her up. She stood between Rachel and me. “You three, go to Miss Christina’s room,” Mama ordered, with steel in her voice. “Now.”But we remained rooted to the spot as Mama quickly forgot about us, lost in a world made of Ms. Mina’s pain and fear, trying to be the map that she could follow out of it. I watched the cords stand out on Ms. Mina’s neck as she groaned; I saw Mama kneel on the bed between her legs and push her gown over her knees. I watched the pink lips between Ms. Mina’s legs purse and swell and part. There was the round knob of a head, a knot of shoulder, a gush of blood and fluid, and suddenly, a baby was cradled in Mama’s palms.“Look at you,” she said, with love written over her face. “Weren’t you in a hurry to get into this world?”Two things happened at once: the doorbell rang, and Christina started to cry. “Oh, honey,” Ms. Mina crooned, not scary anymore but still sweaty and red-faced. She held out her hand, but Christina was too terrified by what she had seen, and instead she burrowed closer to me. Rachel, ever practical, went to answer the front door. She returned with two paramedics, who swooped in and took over, so that what Mama had done for Ms. Mina became like everything else she did for the Hallowells: seamless and invisible.The Hallowells named the baby Louis, after Mama. He was fine, even though he was almost a full month early, a casualty of the barometric pressure dropping with the storm, which caused a PROM—a premature rupture of membranes. Of course, I didn’t know that back then. I only knew that on a snowy day in Manhattan I had seen the very start of someone. I’d been with that baby before anyone or anything in this world had a chance to disappoint him.The experience of watching Louis being born affected us all differently. Christina had her baby via surrogate. Rachel had five. Me, I became a labor and delivery nurse.When I tell people this story, they assume the miracle I am referring to during that long-ago blizzard was the birth of a baby. True, that was astonishing. But that day I witnessed a greater wonder. As Christina held my hand and Ms. Mina held Mama’s, there was a moment—one heartbeat, one breath—where all the differences in schooling and money and skin color evaporated like mirages in a desert. Where everyone was equal, and it was just one woman, helping another.That miracle, I’ve spent thirty-nine years waiting to see again.

Editorial Reviews

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “Picoult carefully shows how close the dangerous beliefs of someone like Turk can come to all of us, and also how the seemingly innocuous prejudices of a person like Kennedy can do just as much damage. . . . I admire her for telling this particular story, even if some might feel parts of it aren’t hers to tell. . . . It’s a story that should be told, no matter the pitfalls, and I hope other well-known authors follow Picoult’s brave path, forcing their captive audiences to face unpleasant facts and perhaps enact change—even if the only change is talking about things we normally keep hidden inside.” —Marissa Stapley, author of Mating for Life, The Globe and Mail“If there’s one word to describe author Jodi Picoult, it’s fierce. The bestselling author . . . has never been one to shy away from hot-button topics.” —Sue Carter, editor of Quill & Quire, Metro“Small Great Things tackles tricky subject matter with grace. . . . I found her novel a gripping read about an issue of urgency. She treats the subject matter with respect and is clearly aware of her own lack of first-person knowledge or experience of racism. . . . Picoult’s stories are always . . . well-written, fast-paced, multi-faceted and current. Small Great Things is no different. It will leave you with lots to think about, more knowledge than you had before and a deeper understanding of America today.” —Vancouver Sun “[G]ripping . . . offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.” —Booklist (starred review) “It’s Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice.” —Redbook “[Picoult] tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.” —Popsugar “I couldn’t put it down. Her best yet!” —Alice Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author  “A compelling, can’t-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist.” —Good Housekeeping“Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers. . . . [I]t’s . . . exciting to have a high-profile writer like Picoult take an earnest risk to expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.” —The Washington Post “[Jodi Picoult] is adept at taking on thorny issues—medical ethics, mass shootings, the death penalty—and recasting them on a relatable human scale. Her latest plunge into the current, Small Great Things, arrives at a pointed time when institutional racism—its violence and the entitlement it confers on some—is the subject of near daily commentary. . . . Weaving three first-person accounts . . . Small Great Things is big on ambition. . . . Many of the novel’s most tender observations have little to do with race but with Ruth’s gifts as a nurse, her grace. . . . Given that Picoult is wrestling with the subject of white privilege, writing Ruth’s story in the first person might seem like an exercise of that very prerogative. Can Ruth be the hero of her own story? Or must she be saved by Kennedy? Turns out, this is Picoult’s driving concern, too. That Small Great Things embraces this question with empathy, hope and humility is no small feat.” —Newsday “To say this story is horrifyingly real undersells it—Picoult chillingly details Turk’s transition to white supremacist. . . . [T]his story belongs to Ruth and Turk and the changes they undergo as the book unfolds. There are times it’s hard to read because of the window it opens into our 2016 world, but it’s even harder to put down. Picoult has outdone herself with Small Great Things.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things has had an even more powerful impact on me than John Howard Griffin’s book [Black Like Me], and I am still trying to absorb it all. I nearly put it down during the first few chapters. Some of the main characters are white supremacists, and I found the hatred expressed difficult to read. . . . I would have missed a treasure if I had not returned to Small Great Things. . . . For me, Kennedy’s journey was in many ways my journey. She is confident she does not see ‘color’ in people, but Ruth has a lifetime of lessons to teach her, and she taught me, too. . . . I learned that racism has two sides, and the privileges afforded whites are just as big a problem as the overt discrimination against those of color. Revelations abound in this skillfully written novel.” —Sandy Mahaffey, The Free Lance-Star “This book certainly left me thinking, and hopefully it will lead to honest conversations and a better understanding about race and prejudice and how we can learn to live together with true respect and equity. I highly recommend this book to all readers.” —The Missourian“Author Jodi Picoult weaves a complicated story. . . . Small Great Things takes a raw, critical look at racism, specifically, the subtleties that perpetuate, instead of change, a flawed system. Active racism is easy to spot, but passive racism is more difficult to discern. This novel made me ponder and reconsider how I really think and feel about these issues. In my opinion, this powerful book is written for our times and will generate deep discussions for book clubs.” —Steamboat Pilot & Today (Colorado)“[A] great make-you-think novel. . . . Author Jodi Picoult wrapped a story around a nugget of news, and it’s not a particularly relaxing thing: her stellar characterization—for Turk, especially—will make you squirm. . . . Picoult peppers her story with precisely-right extras, a properly-unwound trial, and a perfect ending to this glued-to-your-hands novel. Fans of Picoult, get ready, set, go. You know you want this book—just as you will if you’re a lover of make-you-think novels. Start Small Great Things and you can’t put it down.” —Quad-City Times (Iowa and Illinois) “Picoult can be relied upon to find the themes that are most important to our national conversation and then to explore them with wit, warmth, and skill. . . . This excellent, timely novel is sure to be loved by Picoult’s fans and is certain to create new ones.” —Michael Hermann, owner of Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH, American Booksellers Association