Small Great Things

Small Great Things

Kennedy's husband. He's an eye surgeon, and his paycheck allows Kennedy to keep her job as a public defender without experiencing financial hardship. Micah is very supportive of Kennedy and her career, though he teases her often about her habit of "lawyering" him in every argument. When Kennedy takes on Ruth's case and struggles to understand why Ruth wants to testify, even though it might make things worse, Micah encourages Kennedy to understand that sometimes having the opportunity to speak is more important than winning.
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Micah Character Timeline in Small Great Things

The timeline below shows where the character Micah appears in Small Great Things. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5, Kennedy
Family and Shared Humanity Theme Icon
...Kennedy. Everyone overslept, her daughter Violet refused to eat cereal, and then after Kennedy's husband Micah gave Violet an egg, she screamed, "I want a fucking knife!" When she wailed again,... (full context)
The Justice System and the Politics of Speech Theme Icon
...like if she'd gone into corporate law, but she doesn't regret becoming a public defender. Micah's job as a surgeon allows her to live on the pitiful salary and she feels... (full context)
The Justice System and the Politics of Speech Theme Icon
...Warden agree to reconsider. She sails out of the room and discovers a text from Micah, apologizing for being a jerk earlier. They decide to go on a date to have... (full context)
Racism: Hate, Fear, and Grief Theme Icon
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
Belonging and Community Theme Icon
On days when both Kennedy and Micah work late, Ava stays with Violet. Being an old southern belle, Ava throws tea parties... (full context)
Chapter 8, Kennedy
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
...Violet and wakes up in time to see Mufasa's death scene in The Lion King. Micah gets home and they talk briefly about their days. He's very interested in hearing about... (full context)
Chapter 11, Kennedy
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
Family and Shared Humanity Theme Icon
...Kennedy snaps awake, gets a drink of water, and when she gets back to bed, Micah starts kissing her. She asks him what he'd do if she went to jail, but... (full context)
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
Family and Shared Humanity Theme Icon
In the morning, Kennedy tells Micah that she's going to see if her boss will give her a felony case. Micah... (full context)
Chapter 16, Kennedy
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
Family and Shared Humanity Theme Icon
The Justice System and the Politics of Speech Theme Icon
As Micah and Kennedy wash dishes, Kennedy laments that Ruth hates her. Micah points out that Ruth... (full context)
Chapter 17, Ruth
Racism: Hate, Fear, and Grief Theme Icon
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
Near the end of January, Kennedy invites Ruth and Edison to dinner. Micah answers the door with Violet in his arms, dressed in a Tiana costume. Ruth accepts... (full context)
Chapter 18, Kennedy
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
On Kennedy and Micah's wedding anniversary, Kennedy gets the stomach flu. Micah finds her asleep in the bathroom, carries... (full context)
Chapter 21, Kennedy
Racism: Hate, Fear, and Grief Theme Icon
As Kennedy heads out the door for Ruth's trial, Micah tells her to sit and eat breakfast while Violet points out that her shoes don't... (full context)
Chapter 24, Kennedy
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
The Justice System and the Politics of Speech Theme Icon
...this is all Ruth wants as she sits at home with a bottle of wine. Micah gets home and Kennedy tells him everything. She laments that Ruth is going to ruin... (full context)
Racism: Hate, Fear, and Grief Theme Icon
Institutional Racism Theme Icon
The Justice System and the Politics of Speech Theme Icon
Kennedy heads for Micah's hospital and thinks about the history of racism in the U.S. She lets herself into... (full context)