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QBD Reviews: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


This is a very thought provoking novel, based on a true event. Jodi Picoult talks about social justice, racism, white supremacy and the legal system in America. “Small Great Things” is an uncomfortable read, yet brings out all sorts of emotions in the reader. I am still not sure if I liked this novel, yet I had to finish it.

Ruth Jefferson is a person of colour working as a Labour and Delivery nurse at a busy hospital. She has twenty years of experience and loves her job – it is a calling.

Turk and Brittanny Bauer are white supremacists (known as skinheads in the 1970’s and 80’s) they have just had their first baby and are outraged when Ruth is the nurse to look after mother and baby at change of shift. They both refuse to have any “Black” person touch their baby. A supervisor is called and a note put in the baby’s file. Ruth is the only person of colour working on the ward.

When the tragic loss of baby Davis Bauer after minor routine surgery leads the distraught parents to blame someone, Ruth becomes a scapegoat. There was a team of medical staff trying to resuscitate the baby, yet only one of them was being charged with murder by the grieving parents.

Kennedy McQuarrie, a white woman and a public defender, is chosen to represent Ruth in court. It takes Ruth a while to trust her but after some time the two women become friends and Kennedy fights tooth and nail to get Ruth home to her son.

Many perspectives were aired in the telling of this story. Readers feel indignation and outrage at how Ruth was treated – by her co-workers, the hospital staff, patient’s family, and the legal system. Hearing about the indoctrination of the white supremacists (starting at children’s birthday parties) was eye-opening. It was also very interesting hearing from the lawyer defending the case in court, and all the work done in the background to mount a defense.

Kerryn, QBD Northland

QBD Reviews: Small Great Things by Jodi PIcoult


Jodi Picoult has again targeted another of society’s big issues with her latest courtroom drama novel.

Prejudice and race is at the heart of the story as we follow the experience of an African American labour and delivery nurse whose world is turned upside down when she comes in contact with a white supremacist and his baby.

Thought provoking and heart wrenching, the topics on display in this book are relevant and will stay with you well after you turn the last page.

Jodi Picoult has a way of jumping into the shoes of others and seeing things through others eyes, raising questions that you never thought to consider before.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and thoroughly recommend Ms Picoult's newest novel to anyone who enjoys a great read.

~ Belinda, QBD Charlestown


Reviewsday: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult


Escaping her past by throwing herself enthusiastically into her position as a baker, the quiet hours of the early mornings are Sage Singer’s constant companion. She leads a simple, solitary life and that’s the way she likes it, until she unwittingly befriends one of her elderly neighbours, the beloved Josef Webber, retired teacher, Little League coach and friend to all.

What begins as a shared love of baked goods and an appreciation for the simpler things in life soon takes a sinister turn, for Josef has a story to tell, one he believes that he deserves to die for, and he wants Sage to help him. Shocked, Sage refuses, but curiousity gets the better of her. She needs to know what could be so terrible, so unspeakably evil, about the quiet, kind old man. She agrees to hear his story, the truth Josef has hidden all of his life, but nothing in Sage’s darkest nightmares could have prepared her for what she hears… a story that starts with a simple photograph pressed into her hands: a much younger Josef, smiling and dressed in the uniform of an SS guard.

The Storyteller is a complex web of intertwined stories that will take you breath away. There’s a unique melding of past and present, of justice and despicable crimes, but the most impressive thing about this novel is the rich, tangible emotions that drip from every words. I’ve never felt the urge to read any other Jodi Picoult novels but something about this one drew me and I’m glad I picked it up because it was a fascinating, intense, bittersweet read that I’ll definitely revisit over and over.

Book-A-Like: Big Little Lies

Enjoy the twists and turns of Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time?

Then you are going to LOVE Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies! 

Book-A-Like 13Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

BIG LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.