Jodi Picoult writes books that always make me think very hard about uncomfortable subjects and usually make me cry at some point. They are also some of the best fiction out there. When I need a break from aliens and dragons, her books are the ones I go to first. I've read every one of her books that I could get my hands on.
The Tenth Circle is a wonderful novel and is just one of the many books by Ms. Picoult that I've enjoyed.