Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, this book received so many 4 and 5 star reviews, but I’m only giving it 3.
The topic is racism, and it’s a heavy book to read. The book is told from 3 perspectives: that of Ruth, the black nurse accused of murdering a newborn; Turk, the white supremacist father of the newborn; and Kennedy, the white public defender for Ruth. The plot is interesting, the characters are well-developed, the writing style is great. So what’s the problem?
Well, instead of guiding me and making me examine feelings, thoughts and actions from my perspective or from another’s, the book was written with a heavy hand. The social commentary comes across as preaching, and just whacks you over the head. It describes whites and blacks as being so different from each other, so untrusting of each other, and so judgmental of each other, the conclusion is we can never get along. I don’t believe that, nor do I want to believe it.
Without spoiling it, I will say the ending was way over the top and unbelievable.
Overall, it’s not a bad book, but it’s not a great book. There are parts that will make you think, then there are parts that are so stereotypical they lose credibility. But I love the quote that the title is taken from:
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill