Ruth Jefferson

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 22,143 ratings

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.

©2016 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Random House Audio
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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 696
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 613
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 610

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Empathy provoking!

    • By jeanjie on 01-10-17

    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 70
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,377
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19,691
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,620

    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 Anderson on 11-01-16

    Regular price: $31.50