Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Book Watch: The Tenth Circle

The Tenth Circle
by Jodi Picoult
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Atria
Pub Date: March 7, 2006
ISBN: 0743496701

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.


8 comment(s):

Anonymous Vixen said...

Harlot, I just read My Sister's Keeper by JP for a book club. Have you read it? I have mixed emotions about it, felt raw when I finished.
The Tenth Circle looks good, will have to consider getting this.
Thanks for the heads up. I didn't know she had a new book coming out.

2/28/2006 12:06:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Hi Vixen!

Unfortunately, i haven't read Jodi yet. I put her up as Tart likes her. I remember her telling me last year that she read MY SISTER'S KEEPER and really liked it so she got many of JP's backlist from the library. :D

Felt raw? Is that good or bad? LOL I don't really like depressing books but i love authors that could stir a lot of emotions from me. I always love a good cry; a heart-wrenching scenes here and there are always welcome--as long as i don't end up having a limbless hero and a dead heroine, ack!

2/28/2006 12:40:00 PM  

Anonymous Vixen said...

Harlot, 'raw' bad here. It was depressing at times. Which I hear a lot of Jodi's work is. Sister's Keeper is the only book of her's I've read. There is a little romance in the book but it's a side story. Very nice though. It's very well written and told from several different perspectives so it's hard not to get emotional about it. I can't really go into it, don't want to spoil. I do rec. you read just beware it's tough on the emotions and frustrating at times. If you do read it let me know, would love to chat about it.

btw, still working on getting my hands on some Gaelen Foley you rec'd awhile back. Not easy to find, will resort to online order. Still looking forward to trying her out.

2/28/2006 02:40:00 PM  

Blogger marcos said...

Me encantó la reseña del libro.. uhmmm, creo que lo leeré , definitivamente lo haré!!! saludos

2/28/2006 04:44:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Vixen, have you read Paullina Simons' THE BRONZE HORSEMAN? I think you'll like her.. It's probably my fave book ever. :) I think one of the things JMBB people will remember about me is that, err, "vicious" thread i posted lol, about OUTLANDER and TBH. :P Anyway, i convinced a lot of people to read TBH and from what i've heard, all those who've read it, they all loved it. Really glad about that, to be honest. At least i had contributed something at that BB before i left. :)

About Gaelen, i really lvoe her Ascencion trilogy. My fave is PRINCESS. I hope you'll like her too!

2/28/2006 04:53:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...


Me alegro que te haya gustado. Si lo lees nos dejas saber que piensas.

2/28/2006 04:55:00 PM  

Blogger Currin Girl said...

Can't stand Jodi Picoult (ducking tomatoes)

3/01/2006 02:00:00 PM  

Blogger marcos said...

Harlot, apenas consiga el libro te digo qué me pareció... otra cosa, este blog es genial, felicitaciones para todas ustedes !!!!

3/07/2006 01:00:00 PM