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The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
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Nov 30, 2008

it was ok
Read in November, 2008 , read count: 1

Another "issue" book by Picoult, this one deals with a young teen (14) Trixie who is raped --- or is she? Anyway, the book is partly presented in comic book form with a lantern-jawed hero who descends into Dante's hell (hence the title) to rescue his daughter. In real life the father (can't remember his name) who was both a cartoonist and an at-home dad, tries to find his daughter who has run away after her ex-boyfriend is killed (or commits suicide)because of the trial that has come up because he has been accused of raping Trixie (or has he---raped Trixie, I mean). Trixie's mother is in the middle of a sordid affair with one of her students (have I said that she's a college professor who teaches Dante?)and hasn't been there (wherever that might be) for her daughter. The book is filled with Father's agonizing memories of the tiny Trixie and how her little hand felt in his big one---or equally gummy images. Maybe this is why Picoult isn't one of the greats. Though she deals with serious issues (not just murders in the manor house)she writes in cliche. Points, however, for trying.
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