Thursday Quotables: Small Great Things


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.Β  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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small great things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
(published 2016)

I’ve only read 10% of Jodi Picoult’s newest novel, but I can tell already that this book will be both disturbing and thought-provoking. I really like this passage from an early chapter, from the point of view of a labor and delivery nurse:

A mother has nine months to get used to sharing the space where her heart is; for a father it come on sudden, like a storm that changes the landscape forever.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
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  • After you link up, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week.
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9 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Small Great Things

  1. I Love Picoult – she always makes me sobb though.
    My version is here btw :
    do check it out πŸ™‚

  2. This is definitely a thought-provoking book – I read it before Picoult was revealed as the author, and I have to say, she really did impress me. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts after you finish it! πŸ™‚

    • Oh, how interesting! So they released copies under a different name or anonymously? In reading the first few chapters, I can see why that might be a very different reading experience, being left to wonder about the author and where she/he fits in the world of her characters.

        • That’s so interesting. In a way, I wish I was having that reading experience now. I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book, and I can see that my knowledge of the author definitely impacts how I feel about certain pieces of the narrative.

          • Oh, absolutely – I loved the book SO MUCH before Picoult was revealed as the author, because I assumed that the author must have been a black woman. As you mentioned in your review, the fact that it was Picoult? Does problematise Ruth’s experiences/voice a bit. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it – I’d never read a Picoult book before, and I’m definitely going to try a couple now πŸ™‚

  3. I LOVE Jodi Picoult! I have just bought this book and will be reading it very soon I hope!! Great post too πŸ™‚

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