A heavy-handed fable of race and racism in America

FICTION: Small Great Things, By Jodi Picoult, Hodder & Stoughton, €19.95

27th November, 2016
Jodi Picoult: prioritises message over narrative

On October 31, 2012, according to a 2013 lawsuit, a note was posted on an assignment clipboard at the Hurley Medical Center in Michigan in the US, saying that African-American nurses could not care for a certain newborn infant.

The baby’s father – who had a swastika tattoo – made this request after he found veteran neonatal nurse Tonya Battle caring for his baby. The note was later removed, but African-American nurses were not assigned to care for...

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