The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
Paperback, 512 pages
Published 2013 by Pocket Books
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This book is about family, and about change. It’s about figuring out who you are, and seeing how all the things that have happened in your life add up to who you are now. Trixie Stone, and her parents Daniel and Laura, are the main characters in the novel. After an act of violence changes Trixie’s life forever, she has to figure out how to pick up the pieces and reconcile who she was with who she has become. However, this doesn’t just affect Trixie. Both of her parents have to face their own demons and come to terms with the fact that their lives will never be the same. They have to deal with their past, and figure out their future.
This book was a powerful and compelling read (like most of Picoult’s work). She seems to have a firm grasp on how to combine popular commercial accessibility with strong literary undertones. This novel deals with serious issues and brings them to the forefront. Not only so, but in this novel, Picoult has also drawn on the graphic novel which adds another level to keep your intrest. Overall I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
Content warning: Themes of sexual assault.
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.