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  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340835524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340835524
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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Bestselling author Jodi Picoult's 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, yet somewhat rhetorical tale.

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.

The Tenth Circle is chock full of symbolism and allegory that at times can seem oppresive. Still, Picoult's fans will welcome this skillfully told story of betrayal and its many negative, and positive consequences. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

'Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it. (Daily Mail)

'This story of a flawed family on the brink of destruction grips from start to finish' (Publishers Weekly)

'Picoult is an amazing storyteller and as she weaves you deeper into the lives of her flawed families you'll be gripped by their traumas. A further level of narrative is added by Daniel's illustrations, which punctuate the chapters. A sad and complex, but ultimately enthralling read.' ***** (Heat)

Picoult offers a perfectly pitched take on the great mysteries of the heart (Kirkus Reviews)

'Picoult has been incredibly successful in dissecting the pain that family members go through when faced with sensitive and emotive issues . . . Any mother who has turned a blind eye to a too-short skirt or has backed down over unsuitable friends will find The Tenth Circle to be an honest reflection of the more difficult side of family life . . . a touching read and it easily merits a place in the bestseller lists.' (Daily Express)

'Picoult has been incredibly successful in dissecting the pain that family members go through when faced with sensitive and emotive issues . . . Any mother who has turned a blind eye to a too-short skirt or has backed down over unsuitable friends will find The Tenth Circle to be an honest reflection of the more difficult side of family life . . . a touching read and it easily merits a place in the bestseller lists.' (Daily Express)

'This wonderful, sensitive yet exciting tale can only augment Jodi Picoult's already impressive reputation as an author.' (Reviewing the Evidence (website))

'The themes are weighty: adultery, rape, violence and death. But Picoult deftly manoeuvres her way through the characters, taking pains to delve into the psyches of each one. . . Picoult's appreciation of teenage angst is exquisitely unwrapped . . . This book is a well-written, mature and entertaining study of sex, lies and love on family relationships. The Tenth Circle is Picoult's 12th novel, and on this form she's going to leave her readers impatient for more.' (Scotsman)

'An intriguing read' (Closer)

'This portrait of a family on the brink of survival, and the moral questions posed by the journey they undertake, is a fairly gripping read' (Psychologies)

'The pace is compelling and the plot twists and turns its way towards an unexpected conclusion in the freezing lands of Daniel's childhood' (Ireland on Sunday)

'Jodi Picoult has once again produced a compelling and powerful narrative, tackling a sensitive issue with her customary strong characterisation and meticulous research . . . An exceptional novel.' (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

'Forget looking at difficult topics in blank and white - Picoult will make you consider all the grey areas, in every shade and hue' (Hampshire Society)

'The Tenth Circle is stunning in every sense.' (Daily Record)

'Both romantic and heartbreaking, this is fiction at its best.' (LOVE IT!)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 23 April 2007
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this book. There is so much going on.

The synopsis given above is an excellent description of the basic story, so I won't repeat that.

I thought the insights into the minds of teenagers were wonderful, and quite worrying if you have teenagers. Fortunately my teenagers are fairly reserved, but from stories I've heard from them, the behaviour described, particularly at the party, is quite believable.

This novel would make an excellent subject for a book group discussion and in spite of the slating by a previous reviewer, I would have a certain amount of sympathy for Jason, the protagonist. He was certainly provoked, and past history should also count on his side. I felt his ultimate fate was very sad.

As if all this wasn't enough, the book also contains comic strips drawn by Trixie's dad, which show his hidden emotions as he deals with his world falling apart around him.

And, for our added entertainment, there's an unusual hunt for us amongst the cartoons. I got close to solving this, but a couple of letters have alluded me, you have to get it right to check it on Ms Picoult's site, so, please.....what's the answer????

Having read "My Sister's Keeper", which was also excellent, I have now elevated Jodi Picoult to the position of my favourite author. Can't wait to read more of her work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By barenakedlady on 22 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
'The Tenth Circle' is about a father, Daniel, whose daughter is raped by her ex-boyfriend. His reactions to this are depicted in part through a 'comic' (okay, graphic novel) which is interspersed with the narrative - the comic is based on Dante's Inferno, with Virgil guiding comic-book-Daniel (Duncan) through Hell to find his daughter. Duncan is a creature who is driven by anger or protectiveness to change from human form to that of a beast - a central theme of the novel being how people can change so much. The comic represents Daniel's search for the daughter he used to know so well - suddenly she is all grown up and, in the blink of an eye, can be taken by a threat he didn't even know was there. Duncan/Daniel feels he has failed to protect her, and will do anything to reach out to his daughter.

The book features most of Picoult's usual themes - crime, family relationships, trust and love - although sadly without any of the courtroom drama she is so good at. The teenage parties are particularly well written - teenage games in all their sordid, sexy glory have come a long way since 'spin the bottle'! The relationship between Trixie and her best friend, Zephyr, is also very good; their strong friendship is an interesting contrast to how Trixie grows apart from her parents. While her parents are increasingly out of touch with her life, Trixie is growing up, and when something horrendous like rape happens, she and her parents want to be close to each other. But all of them have changed since Trixie was little, and the family coming together isn't an easy solution any more.

So was it rape or wasn't it? Jason, Trixie's ex-boyfriend, is having his golden life ruined by her accusation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jules on 7 May 2007
Format: Paperback
I suppose when you are so successful at writing great stories that cleverly explore moral dilemmas and some of the most interesting human situations an individual/ family can encounter, you can't expect to be a winner every time.

For this book by Jodi Picoult I would echo the sentiments of other reviewers. The eskimo culture didn't seem as well researched as it could be. The reader isn't really able to understand how it influenced Daniel Stone's character any more than any other culture would have done. This was much more to do with the events which shaped his life and there seemed no direct relevance.

I would agree the story ended too abruptly also. The book seemed to be missing about another 20 pages which would have brought the story to a more complete conclusion.

I'm still a fan but this wasn't up to standard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pontypool on 20 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although the overall feeling towards this book is that it isnt as good as previous ones, i disagree. The book is more subtle in the way that its written, and the characters are realistic, meaning that they can be annoying but once your far enough into the book, you can understand why.

I will admit that the antics of Trixie and her friends probably dont have much in common with most teenage girls, and that that part of her character was written in to help towards the twists of the rape plot.

This novel does not end in very defined way, and you cant help but be left thinking - what now, but again, this is part of the beauty of the book.

If you appreciate a book that doesnt provide you with answers, and enjoy reading about characters that are flawed and human, this book is a good read, and once you've read it you'll probably find that you want to read more of her books
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Daniel Stone is a comic book artist whose wife is having an affair and whose daughter has just accused her ex-boyfriend of rape. The drama unfolds as we see how Daniel will cope as his life seems to fall apart.

This is a very good novel about the dynamics in family relationships and about whether we can run away from who we are.

Having read a few Jodi Picoult novels, I was glad that this one avoided becoming too formulaic and followed a different path. The only criticism I have is that it didn't seem to be as well researched as some of her other books. In this novel Daniel was raised in an Eskimo village, so I was expecting to learn slightly more about the culture (in a similar way to how Picoult wrote about the Amish in 'Plain Truth') and I did feel a little let down.

I'm really hoping that in Picoult's future novels, she is not pursuing quantity rather than quality.

Passes a few hours and those who are already fans should enjoy.
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