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The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
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Jun 26, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: i-read-it-you-should
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in January, 2006

There’s a surprise at the end of this book that I wish I had known about before I started reading. The Tenth Circle is a metaphorical journey through Dante's Inferno, told through the eyes of a small Maine family whose hidden demons haunt every aspect of their seemingly peaceful existence. Woven throughout the novel are a series of dramatic illustrations that pay homage to the family's patriarch, comic book artist Daniel Stone, and add a unique twist to this gripping story. Trixie Stone is an imaginative, perceptive 14 year old whose life begins to unravel when Jason Underhill, Bethel High's star hockey player, breaks up with her, leaving a void that can only be filled by the blood spilled during shameful self-mutilations in the girls' bathroom. While Trixie's dad Daniel notices his daughter's recent change in demeanor, he turns a blind eye, just as he does to the obvious affair his wife Laura, a college professor, is barely trying to conceal. When Trixie gets raped at a friend's party, Daniel and Laura are forced to deal not only with the consequences of their daughter's physical and emotional trauma, but with their own transgressions as well. For Daniel, that means reflecting on a childhood spent as the only white kid in a native Alaskan village, where isolation and loneliness turned him into a recluse, only to be born again after falling in love with his wife. Laura, who blames her family's unraveling on her selfish affair, must decide how to reconcile her personal desires with her loved ones' needs.
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Kelly As a huge Jodi fan, and having read almost all of her books, I have no idea what happened with this one. It's WAY out there. It jumps all over the place, having somewhat something to do with the daughter and how her life is, but the dark, strange drawings and cartoons the father is into is just too much. I find this way off the beaten path for Jodi, and it's not in the same string line of books that she normally writes. I had to struggle to get to the end and was very disappointed in this one. Hard to read, all over the place, and books goes nowhere fast. 3 stars.

Karen It's funny that you say that, Kelly, because this was the first Jodi Piccoult book that I read and it made me a fan. I liked the drawings the father did at the end of each chapter; they summed up the story that was just told in that chapter and related it with his troubled past. There is so much to "read" in people's art and I find that fascinating. If you say that her other books are better, I'm so glad, because I plan on reading more of her based on this one. Did you happen to see the movie that premiered last night based on the book? Didn't do it justice in my opinion. But movies rarely live up to the books.


P.S. Your daughter is beautiful!

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