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Book Review of Small Great Things

Small Great Things
Small Great Things
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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Put this down at 155 pgs. I expect more from an author who has a following. Usually Picoult writes in the gray zones, allowing the reader to see both sides; pardon the pun, but the characters were too black and white. Why chose a full on white supremacist as the bad guy, because they "walk among us"? Just today I saw a man on our walking trail in a David Duke t-shirt with a barely restrained pitbull, what would it have taken to unrestrain his dog? Racism is much more insidious in our society. Ruth's mom is a domestic, how cliche', although I have never known anyone with a black maid or nanny. Ruth's bitter sister lives in the projects, once again, do only blacks in the projects feel scorned? This book could have been so much better, get out of your upscale white neighborhood, Picoult, don't interview black women, get to know them, listen to their hopes and dreams, day to day life in middle class neighborhoods. This book reminded me too much of the movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and it's Sidney Portier, all I could think was why did that man want that flighty young girl.