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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.

Topics: Alaska, Maine, Suspenseful, Dramatic, Sexual Abuse, Family, Fathers, Sex, Daughters, Race Relations, and Parenting

Published: Atria Books on Mar 7, 2006
ISBN: 9781416523123
List price: $7.99
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This is a terrific idea: a family drama featuring a stay-at-home dad who writes comic books, a wife who is a Dante scholar at a local college, and a fourteen-year old daughter who is skating close to real trouble. When the daughter goes in over her head, her father not only reverts back to the violent bad boy of his long-hidden youth, but the mother’s own dark side is revealed, as well. The whole thing is brought together in the father’s comic book pages, interspersed periodically within the text, which shows his journey to Dante’s Inferno (seen as a frozen wasteland) to find his daughter. Although it is a fast-moving, intriguing plot in an interesting form, the characters struck me as ultimately rather shallow, and the plot was not nearly as philosophically complex as I had expected. I was expecting a rich chocolate torte and bit into a Hostess cupcake. That said, many will enjoy this book for its fast-paced story, its murder mystery, and its terrific descriptions of Alaska. A good beach read, perhaps.read more
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This book was a great Jodi Picoult book. It wasn't her best, but it was better than most of the other books I've read before.read more
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This book was not one of my favorites of Picoult, but still made me want to speed through the book! Lots of drama and tragedy, similarly to other Picoult books, with Trixie having to deal with loss and judgement among other troubling things through out her teens. This book made me appreciate all the good things in my life.read more
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This is a terrific idea: a family drama featuring a stay-at-home dad who writes comic books, a wife who is a Dante scholar at a local college, and a fourteen-year old daughter who is skating close to real trouble. When the daughter goes in over her head, her father not only reverts back to the violent bad boy of his long-hidden youth, but the mother’s own dark side is revealed, as well. The whole thing is brought together in the father’s comic book pages, interspersed periodically within the text, which shows his journey to Dante’s Inferno (seen as a frozen wasteland) to find his daughter. Although it is a fast-moving, intriguing plot in an interesting form, the characters struck me as ultimately rather shallow, and the plot was not nearly as philosophically complex as I had expected. I was expecting a rich chocolate torte and bit into a Hostess cupcake. That said, many will enjoy this book for its fast-paced story, its murder mystery, and its terrific descriptions of Alaska. A good beach read, perhaps.
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This book was a great Jodi Picoult book. It wasn't her best, but it was better than most of the other books I've read before.
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This book was not one of my favorites of Picoult, but still made me want to speed through the book! Lots of drama and tragedy, similarly to other Picoult books, with Trixie having to deal with loss and judgement among other troubling things through out her teens. This book made me appreciate all the good things in my life.
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I really loved this book. I thought it was probably the most ingenious book I have ever read. The fact that the story was told in 2 mediums was so unique and different and really made the book incredible. This book got me hooked on Jodi Picoult, she is awesome!
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hated the last 50 pages or so of this book.
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Another great book by Picoult. She seems to dig deep down into the heart of so many important and interesting ideas. The way she intertwines plots keeps you intrigued. This story follows a young girls nightmare and has you reconsidering once again what is right and wrong. It examines the secret world of teenagers and the dangers that can happen. I loved this book and especially the way Picoult included Alaska, Comic Books, Teenagers, and the levels of Hell... wow!
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