Small Great Things
I actually read this awesome book last month but recent events brought this book back to mind, for not-so-awesome reasons. Small Great Things, is an introspective read but more importantly, it confirms or gives insight to other’s points of view regarding race. While certain voices present in this novel were no surprise, reading through views that differ greatly from my own, proved to be the only challenge with this easy, quick read. While watching the coverage of the events in Charlotte, Virginia this past weekend, I couldn’t help but think about the characters in this novel. In my mind, the characters in this book were real, alive, and holding torches on the University of Virginia campus.
This novel also revolved around an African American woman whose thoughts and feelings reminded me of my own, even toward others that are actually on my side. It reminded me of a recent quote from George W. Bush, “too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples – while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” I find this to be true of the characters in this novel and the real life characters we encounter daily – including ourselves.
If you are looking for a great, fast paced read, I highly recommend this book. You might as well have your friends or book club read it with you because you’ll definitely want someone to discuss it with!
Enjoy and please share your thoughts!