New 'life-affirming' Jodi Picoult book to Hodder

New 'life-affirming' Jodi Picoult book to Hodder

Hodder is set to publish a new "thought-provoking" and "life-affirming" novel from Jodi Picoult entitled Small Great Things.

The book will initially be marketed without a cover, because the publisher wants to "start the conversation, and then lead into a cover reveal."

Small Great Things tells the story of an African-American nurse called Ruth, who was raised as the daughter of a black maid in a privileged white household. While working in a hospital, a white supremacist couple dictates that no person of colour can treat their newborn child. When the baby stops breathing on Ruth's watch, she has to decide whether her vocational oath is stronger than the hospital's edict. That decision – "one a white nurse would never have had to make – could cost her everything".

Carolyn Mays acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and audio rights to the title from Laura Gross at the Laura Gross Agency.

The promotional material for the book starts with a line saying: "Do you judge a book by its cover?" and then features an excerpt from the novel. It ends with: "This year, we ask you to read without prejudice".

Mays said she is “over the moon" to have acquired the book.

Small Great Things will be published in November 2016.

Picture: David Levenson.