The Tenth Circle

The Tenth Circle

First edition cover
Author Jodi Picoult
Illustrator Dustin Weaver
Cover artist Zoё Sadokierski
Country United States
Language English
Genre Family saga
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Publication date
17 March 2006
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 387 pp
ISBN 1-74114-693-3
OCLC 224803646

The Tenth Circle (2006) is a novel by Jodi Picoult about date rape and father/daughter relationships. It heavily references Dante's Inferno.


When freshman Trixie Stone accuses her ex-boyfriend Jason Underhill of raping her, everyone is quick to take his side when he claims their intercourse was consensual. Trixie's parents, Daniel, a mild mannered comic book artist from a harsh background, and Laura, a college professor sleeping with one of her students, become involved, and Jason, whose life is supposedly ruined, leaps from a bridge. Although first presumed to be suicide, Trixie is suspected of pushing him, and so she flees to the Yup'ik region of Alaska where her father grew up, and Daniel and Laura follow.

At the end of the book, Laura confesses to Daniel that she was there when Jason died. Jason (who was drunk) came lunging at her because he thought she was Trixie. Laura pushed him off the bridge but he held on. Laura reached to his hand but then let go, thus revealing that Trixie is innocent but Laura is not. The book concludes with the final chapter of Daniel's comic showing a father reunited with his daughter after saving her from hell.

The main plot and subplots are juxtaposed throughout the book with Daniel's latest comic, The Tenth Circle, which parallels Daniel's life.

In the comic, a hidden message is involved in it which concludes the whole story, “Nothing is easier than self-deceit, for what each man wishes that he also believes to be true” – DEMOSTHENES

Development history

Explanation of the novel's title

The title The Tenth Circle is a reference to the first canticle, Inferno, of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.


The book was made into a Lifetime Network movie of the week which premiered June 28, 2008 at 9pm Eastern, and starred Kelly Preston as Laura, Ron Eldard as Daniel, Haley Beauchamp as Zephyr, Jamie Johnston as Jason, Geordie Brown as Moss, and Brittany Robertson as Trixie, from Sony Pictures Television.[1][2]

See also


  1. "The Tenth Circle - Official Movie Site -". Lifetime Network. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  2. The Tenth Circle: Jodi Picoult Wrote the Book. Lifetime Network. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
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