Ruth Jefferson

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 192 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
    • Written by: Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated by: Audra McDonald
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    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
    • really good, but...

    • By Julia on 2018-07-09

    Price: CDN$ 2.49

  • Book 1

    • Small Great Things

    • A Novel
    • Written 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 190
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 167

    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
    • Another thought provoking and truly special story

    • By Sarah Owen on 2018-07-15

    Price: CDN$ 41.68