WCC Book Club

Our Tuesday, September 5th selection, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, confronts the problems of race, prejudice and justice. Ruth Jefferson is an African American labor and delivery nurse in a Connecticut Hospital. During a routine checkup of a newborn, she is told by the father to get away from his wife and baby, and then the father talks to her boss.  Ruth is assigned to another patient and a note in the newborn’s folder says, “No African American personnel to care for this patient.” The next day, Ruth is the only nurse in the nursery when the baby stops breathing. What should she do?  She hesitates but then does perform CPR, but it is now too late, and she is charged with a serious crime. Can she win with a white public defender? Will having 20 years nursing experience, being a widow, and having a husband who was killed while serving in Afghanistan help her or does her race negate everything? Join us on the 5th at 4:00 pm in the Ladies’ Lounge as Patsy Walls leads the discussion of this intense book dealing with a challenging, controversial topic.

Our October selection is Christina Baker Kline’s novel, Orphan Train, which tells the story of the orphan trains which ran between 1854 and 1929 and which took thousands of abandoned children from the East Coast to the Midwest where their fate would be determined by luck and chance. Kline features a rebellious foster teenager and a 91 year old widow who rode the orphan train when her parents died.  Their tales of resilience in the face of aching loneliness and upheaval are inspiring.