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Publisher's Summary

A woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in number one New York Times best seller Jodi Picoult's latest.

'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.' Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of 20 years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide.

Ruth is shattered and bewildered as she tries to come to terms with her situation. She finds different kinds of support from her sister, a fiery radical, and her teenage son, but it is to Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her case - and her future.

As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear. For the privileged to prosper, they come to realise, others have to suffer. Racism takes many forms and is reinforced by the structures of our society.

In gripping dramas like Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper and The Pact, Jodi Picoult has explored the big issues of our time through characters whose lives resonate with us. Here we see once again her unrivalled ability to immerse us in a story whose issues will linger with us long after the story has finished.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Penguin Random House LLC

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Wow riveting

Small great things kept me listening every moment I could I listen to many books but this title stands out above all.
It’s challenging very disturbing and uplifting I highly recommend it

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  • Elissa
  • Taperoo, Australia
  • 11-07-16

Timely

Being a fan of her style of writing I may be a little biased. I enjoyed the book even though the accusation thrown against the main character was a bit far fetched and incredulous.
Putting that aside, there was a lot in this book that helped me understand the racial currents and prejudice that continues to exist in our societies. This can be easily translated to other nations with religious or racial discrimination.
I thought the female characters were engaging and their narrative was what held me in the book. The acharacter of Turk, the skinhead supremacist was a bit drawn out and did not quite ring true. I found my mind drifting away at those points. I guess, it was somehow important to show the intensity of the hate that these people can harbour for whatever reason. I still thought that it took too long to depict it in the book. The remarkable turnaround was somehow too good to be true.
Overall, quite a good read. Definitely wakes you up to full appreciation of the racial tensions and motivation behind people's actions and reactions.
The narrators were excellent.

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  • Roo B
  • 12-12-16

WOW! A must read.

Jodie Picoult has done it again. This book is amazing, thought provoking and challenging. Recommended.

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  • Shakya
  • 12-09-16

A Wakeup Call

This was an important story well told. As an open minded person who was raised to love and respect everyone iI was surprised by my reaction to this book. We can have underlying prejudices due to ignorance of the truth. I happy to say this book made me rethink some ideas I had about what it is like to be the subject of prejudice. I know nothing but I am willing to learn.

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  • may o'connell
  • 11-05-16

brilliant

loved the whole thing well read wonderful writing great listening highly recommended for everyone. Love

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  • Cathie grainger
  • 10-26-16

Great read

I thought this would be formulaic book. It was not. It tackles big issues in a way that is accurate and understandable. Good read

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  • Darren
  • 01-15-17

Brilliant.

This is without doubt the best book I have listened to on Audible. The characters are powerful and believable and the story line thought provoking and intriguing. The sort of book schools should have their students read.

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  • Kaylah
  • 01-12-17

Excellent and thought provoking!!

I thought this was extremely well written and the audio pieces in each person made it all the more realistic. it was like watching a movie in my mind.
As a young white female I have been made aware to so many things I had never thought of before and it has just provoked such emotions in me that I just want to tell everyone to read this book.

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  • Tanya
  • 01-11-17

Great performance of a wonderful story

Loved this book and the performances of the narrators. Especially loved the heart wrenching story for the truths it revealed relevant to my life today. The book contained important discussions around race and racism particularly meaningful in the current climate! Well done Jodi Picoult

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-13-16

Worth the listen

Great story line, good characters and overall great audiobook. Best one I've listened to in a while. In depth story that makes you think. Modern day to kill a mockingbird 👍🏻

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  • nichola saunders
  • 06-21-18

Amazing

I’m truly speechless. This book is incredible, it’s long in parts but stay with it. You will not be sorry.

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  • Diane
  • 06-01-18

Loved it

Great ethical and emotive but also with such honesty of the challenges of the world. Well worth every moment of listening to!

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  • Lyn Bender
  • 05-23-18

Brilliant powerful honest

The writer has revealed the subtleties of incipient racism while creating a gripping narrative. We learn to read the characters all of whom arouse empathy and sometimes rage . A steering yet hopeful account of our denied bigotry.