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Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9780735210189
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

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“[Picoult] 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)

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty 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.

Praise for Small Great Things

Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.”The Washington Post

“A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down.”San Francisco Book Review

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Quotes & Awards

  • [An] author at the top of her heart-rending game. The National
  • A gripping read about an issue of urgency. The Vancouver Sun
  • A book that needs to be read. The Detroit News
  • Exciting and fast-paced. New York Journal of Books 
  • [Picoult] 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)
  • Powerful . . . revelations abound. The Free Lance-Star
  • Picoult has outdone herself. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
  • A courageous and important work. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • I couldn’t put it down. Her best yet! New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman
  • A compelling, can’t-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist. Good Housekeeping
  • 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
  • Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she 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
  • Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice. The Washington Post
  • A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down. It also allows for conversations to be had and for people to sit back and look at their lives, actions (past and present) and wonder how they will move forward. This is a fantastic book not only because it addresses something that happens in America and around the world every day, but it also shows us that change is possible too. San Francisco Book Review
  • A gripping courtroom drama . . . Given the current political climate it is quite prescient and worthwhile. . . . This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out. Roxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review
  • Small Great Things embraces . . . empathy, hope and humility. Newsday 
  • “Three narrators portray the diverse perspectives of Picoult’s three main characters. Audra McDonald portrays Ruth, an African-American nurse who is facing murder charges following the death of a newborn. McDonald voices Ruth’s deep-seated belief in the good of others as well as her shaken faith in a way that is both engaging and heartbreaking. Ari Fliakos depicts Turk, the baby’s father and a white supremacist. Fliakos humanizes Turk even at his worst, though it is often difficult to listen to his ignorance. The discomfort he creates in the listener makes the story more powerful. Cassandra Campbell perfectly captures Kennedy, a white public defender who takes on Ruth’s case, channeling her own frustration and naïveté as she comes to recognize her power and privilege. As always, Picoult asks hard social questions.”

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  • An October 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for October 2016
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Audie Award Winner for Best Narration for Multi-Voiced Performance
  • A 2017 LibraryReads Favorites of the Favorites selection

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About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned #1 New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, and many others. She studied creative writing at Princeton University and received her masters from Harvard. Picoult has won numerous awards for her work, most notably an Alex Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her family.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.

Ari Fliakos is an actor with experience in television, radio, film, theater, and voice-overs. He has earned four Earphones Awards, and his narration of Seth Patrick’s Reviver won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration for paranormal fiction. On screen, he is best-known for his roles in Law & Order, Pills, and Company K.