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
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'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!)