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Reading the winter away

Written by Kathryn Spira


I've always been an avid reader. And I've always read more in the winter for obvious reasons. Something about the snow outside and the warmth indoors always gave me the impetus to curl up with a good book. Sitting by the wood stove here in the Adirondacks I can imagine myself being far away when I'm reading a good book.

Right now I'm reading a brand new book by my favorite author, Jodi Picoult. It's called Small Great Things and it's about an African American nurse at a hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. She works in the area of the hospital called the birthing pavilion and at this moment in my reading she just delivered a baby whose father is racist. So much so that had a note put on the baby's file that the nurse in question whose name is Ruth is not allowed to touch the baby.

When this baby has a respiratory problem and Ruth is the only nurse nearby she attempts to resuscitate the baby and the baby dies but not before the father walks in and sees her working on his son. He insists the nurse be fired at which point her supervisor tells her to clock out and go home.

Ruth goes home and the next morning the police come to arrest her on suspicion of killing the baby. She goes to jail and gets a public defender named Kennedy who gets her out of jail. Her 18-year-old son posts bail by using the house as collateral. Ruth's nursing license is suspended and Kennedy tries to clear her name of any wrong doing.

That's where I left off in the book and you will have to read it yourself to find out what happens. Needless to say, I am anxious to find out for myself! I highly recommend all of Jodi Picoult's books, having read all of them up to this point.


About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site