Ruth is a woman of color who takes on the occupation of a neonatal nurse. She is the kind of nurse that takes care of newborn babies and helps the parents adjust to the new life that they will be thrown into. Turk is a man who was almost a first-time parent, until his newborn baby died under the care of Ruth. Turk is a white supremacist and is leading an internet revolt against all other nationalities, because he believes that white people are the superior race.
Ruth’s son is in National Honors Society, a senior in high school, applying to Ivy League colleges because he makes the qualifications. Ruth has never missed any payments, has no criminal record, is the complete opposite of her sister who lives in the ghetto and is a widow to her late army husband.
Turk and Ruth are wrapped up in a battle of equality, human rights, hospital rights and where their own humanity lies. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult targets the barriers between right and wrong, success and failure, black and white. Picoult creates an honest environment that leads people to wonder where their true intentions lie.
Personally, I would give this book four stars out of five. If you are interested in digging deeper into our society, this book is a great read. If you are interested in reading about the deep lines of family love and loyalty, this book is the right one.