When Daniel Stone was a child, he was the only white boy in a native Eskimo village where his mother taught, and he was teased mercilessly because he was different. He fought back, the baddest of the bad kids: stealing, drinking, robbing and cheating his way out of the Alaskan bush -- where he honed his artistic talent, fell in love with a girl ...
When Daniel Stone was a child, he was the only white boy in a native Eskimo village where his mother taught, and he was teased mercilessly because he was different. He fought back, the baddest of the bad kids: stealing, drinking, robbing and cheating his way out of the Alaskan bush -- where he honed his artistic talent, fell in love with a girl and got her pregnant. To become part of a family, he reinvented himself -- jettisoning all that anger to become a docile, devoted husband and father. Fifteen years later, when we meet Daniel again, he is a comic book artist. His wife teaches Dante's Inferno at a local college; his daughter, Trixie, is the light of his life -- and a girl who only knows her father as the even-tempered, mild-mannered man he has been her whole life. Until, that is, she is date raped! and Daniel finds himself struggling, again, with a powerlessness and a rage that may not just swallow him whole, but destroy his family and his future.
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ANOTHER FANTASTIC NOVEL WRITTEN BY JODI PICOULT. I CAN RELATE TO THIS ONE BECAUSE IM IN MY EARLIER TWENTIES AND WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL I KNEW PEOPLE AND HAD HEARD ABOUT OTHERS GOING THROUGH ALL THE THINGS THAT THE TEENAGE GIRL WENT THROUGH IN THIS STORY.
Aug 25, 2009
I'm only 31, but when I was a teenager - girls didn't cut themselves... so this was an eye opener for me. The rest of the acting out - I recognized as things either I did or saw my friends doing as a reaction to stress & a lack of understanding of life changing events... I feel for the Dad that felt helpless... I could strike the Mom that cheated! Family life is tough.. open communication and trust is needed.
Great book! Interesting relation to the levels of hell and pretty neat puzzle discovered in the pages of the comic drawn by the Dad!!
Sep 23, 2008
Not my favorite Picoult
Although I enjoyed most of the book it seemed like it just went on and on...and on. Took me forever to finish it. Maybe Picoult is too serious for me to listen to in audiobook form (I kept falling asleep and then had to backtrack to find my place). I also had a hard time sympathizing with one of the main characters (Trixie). At times I felt for her and others I would find myself shaking my head. The ending seemed to lack something too--it was as if we went through this whole, long, drawn out journey and then zip! story over. Not my favorite Picoult but not a waste of time
Sep 13, 2007
I would not normally be attracted to the story line of this book but it was recommended by someone & I picked it up. She is such a good writer that I'm sure she could write on almost any subject & make you want to keep reading until the end. She is very insightful and a great story teller. I had a hard time putting it down. Can't wait to read more of her books.
Jul 13, 2007
TEENAGERS ARE ANOTHER BREED
ALTHOUGH THIS WAS NOT MY FAVORITE BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR, IT WAS STILL AN ENJOYABLE READ THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHERS. THIS AUTHOR HAS WONDERFUL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND TAKES CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECTS AND WEAVES STORIES AROUND THEM. VERY SAD BUT UPLIFING AS WELL. I DID NOT LIKE THE GRAPHIC NOVEL ASPECT OF THIS BOOK AND FOUND MYSELF SKIPPING OVER THEM. BUT THAT WAS JUST ME.
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