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Small great things by Jodi Picoult 

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Ruth is a widowed black woman living with her 16-year-old son in Connecticut. Always bright and clever, she regards herself as middle-class and well-educated. She lives in a ‘good’, predominantly white neighbourhood; her son attends an excellent school where his best friends are both rich and white. Ruth herself is a hugely experienced and capable midwife in a small maternity unit. She has an impeccable record and is highly regarded as a competent professional. She is, however, the only African-American nurse on her unit. She assumed everyone there feels she is their equal. She has a lot of quiet pride and dignity. And then, purely because of her colour, her life falls apart….