The Tenth Circle - Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2006-03-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 133 Ratings)
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  • Description

    Jodi Picoult, the New York Times bestselling author of Vanishing Acts, offers her most powerful chronicle yet of an American family with a story that probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child -- and the dangerous repercussions of trying to play the hero.

    Trixie Stone is fourteen years old and in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father's life -- a straight-A student; a freshman in high school who is pretty and popular; a girl who's always looked up to Daniel Stone as a hero. Until, that is, her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence...and suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family -- and herself -- seems to be a lie.

    For fifteen years, Daniel Stone has been an even-tempered, mild-mannered man: a stay-at-home dad to Trixie and a husband who has put his own career as a comic book artist behind that of his wife, Laura, who teaches Dante's Inferno at a local college. But years ago, he was completely different: growing up as the only white boy in an Eskimo village, he was teased mercilessly for the color of his skin. He learned to fight back: stealing, drinking, robbing, and cheating his way out of the Alaskan bush. To become part of a family, he reinvented himself, channeling his rage onto the page and burying his past completely...until now. Could the young boy who once made Trixie's face fill with light when he came to the door have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a man with a history he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back in order to protect his daughter.

    The Tenth Circle looks at that delicate moment when a child learns that her parents don't know all of the answers and when being a good parent means letting go of your child. It asks whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime or if your mistakes are carried forever -- if life is, as in any good comic book, a struggle to control good and evil, or if good and evil control you.

    Reviews

    • Punishment or reward? You choose.

      3
      By windycitizenkane
      When I saw that sorry TV film adaptation, I didn't know what to make of it. I then thought that maybe the novel would shed some light on the subject. And I read the novel, too...during a time when I going through a rough patch. I could identify with the mild-mannered Daniel Stone, and a bit of what he was going through. I could also relate to Trixie, the troubled victim of what she insists is misconduct. Like her, I felt completely alone and vulnerable. However, as much as I could relate to Daniel and Trixie, and although the novel did what I wanted to do, I have some objections. First of all, it seems like everyone is selfish. Daniel refuses to live in the real world and take responsibility for his actions. The same goes for his wife, Laura who is sleeeping around, and with one of her students. Neither parent lives in the present, but the past. Secondly, It just seems so easy to acknowledge Jason Underhill's shortcomings, but it isn't so easy acknowledging their own. [Story of people and what not!] Finally, Jodi Picoult's intention is indecisively unclear. If Jodi meant for the narrative to project the harsh reality of a family being less than perfect or to explore a broken family's worst behavior, then I think she succeeded. On the other hand, Jodi may have wandered into uncharted territory that even she was not wholeheartedly interested in. All in all, The Tenth Circle is not exactly a complete reward, but it isn't a complete punishment either.
    • Disappointing

      1
      By Tin_pipe
      Not a fan of the story line nor the out of character style of writing. Was a chore to finish.
    • Weird

      2
      By BonnieSteve
      One word...weird. And not what you usually expect from Jodi's books. The artwork (comics) threw me off too.
    • The tenth circle

      5
      By WylRive
      A really good book. Even tho is a sad situation. It keeps you guessing what's gonna happen at the end. Worth reading!! :)
    • the tenth circle

      2
      By jimsandy
      This is the 1st time I have to say I did not like this book, way out there!!! I have no trouble with authors going out of the norm but, this one was too much. Don't waste your time.
    • Another one I couldn't put down.

      5
      By Victoria in OK
      Very weird and shocking but I figured out who did it before the end. Read it all in one day. Couldn't put it down.
    • Page-turner!!

      5
      By Cheer_chick007
      Ending was very suprising!! Very realistic book, could not put down once I started, great read!!

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