Multiple people told me that Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things is an absolutely must-read, so when I saw it chillin' on the sale table at Costco I knew I had to get it. It's timely, culturally relevant and beautifully written. Y'all, I can honestly say, I think it's one of the best novels I've ever read. Seriously.
The coffee stains and curled edges should tell you I had the hardest time putting it down. It was my after work go-to and always found its way into my purse during weekend trips and longer car rides. Picoult told this story from three different perspectives, which is one of my favorite storytelling methods. It follows the journey of a black labor and delivery nurse who finds herself caring for the newborn of a white supremacist couple. When things go south, she finds herself in a legal battle with a white public defender representing her who has to go through her own journey of understanding and working through the racial undertones of not only the case, but her every day experience. I personally think the most powerful part of this book is that it also told the story from the white supremacist father's point of view.
Parts of this book were slightly uncomfortable to ready, especially as a black woman. At the same time, it was fascinating. I was also blown away by the fact that all three stories: a black professional woman who's fed up with having to navigate through micro-aggressions and everyday racism, a white public defender who is having to check her own internal perspectives and a white supremacist man explaining how he came out about his beliefs...were written and developed by a white woman. I think Picoult did a wonderful job, and I appreciate the additional notes, interviews and research information she included at the end of the book.
In one of her interviews, she said she had expected to receive more of a negative response from black readers because it wasn't "her story" to tell. What I think is so lovely and impactful about this novel is that she made it very clear that this story belongs to all of us.
I absolutely loved it, and I think you should absolutely read it. If you do, post your pics with the hashtag #LIGReads so we know you're scooping up these titles!
Happy reading, babes!
With Love & Glitter,
PS- Non-fiction is up next. Come Matter Here x Hannah Brencher!