Ruth Jefferson

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Shine Publisher's Summary

Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things.

In "Shine", the master storyteller and New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time and My Sister's Keeper introduces listeners to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks. Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers see only her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she has for herself - in hopes that someday someone will see her for who she really is.

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  • Book 0.5

    • Shine

    • A Short Story
    • By: Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated by: Audra McDonald
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 876
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 776
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 775

    Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers see only her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Short story prequel to Small Great Things

    • By Wayne on 12-02-18

    Regular price: $1.88

  • Book 1

    • Small Great Things

    • By: Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular!

    • By Karin on 08-17-17

    Regular price: $26.64

    • Small Great Things

    • A Novel
    • By: Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
    • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,614
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22,666
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,596

    Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must Read

    • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

    Regular price: $31.50