: Cartwheel: A Novel (Random House Reader’s Circle) ( ): Jennifer duBois: Books. “In Cartwheel, Jennifer duBois takes the lurid skeleton of the Amanda Knox case and fictionalises it with scalpel-like precision DuBois is a brilliant young. There are passages of observation so closely controlled and beautiful in ” Cartwheel,” the second novel by Jennifer duBois, that what she.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois. Written with the riveting storytelling and moral seriousness of authors like Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Cartwheel is a suspenseful and haunting novel of an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder, and a father trying to hold his family together. When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is ench Written with the riveting storytelling and moral seriousness of authors like Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Cartwheel is a suspenseful and haunting novel of an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder, and a father trying to hold his family together.
When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see—and to believe—in one another and ourselves.
In Cartwheel, duBois delivers a novel of propulsive psychological suspense and rare moral nuance. Who is Lily Hayes?
Review: ‘Cartwheel’ by Jennifer duBois
What happened to her roommate? No two readers will agree. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how much we really know about ourselves will linger well beyond. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cartwheelplease sign up. I’m a few chapters in and I’m bored. Should I keep going?
Does it get better? Benjamin Chambers Yes, it does. Most books don’t really grab me until around a third of the way in.
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Half-way in they get good. This one was no …more Yes, it does.
This one was no different. The best part are the last pages. See 2 questions about Cartwheel…. Lists with This Book. Jan 21, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 14 comments. Oct 28, kari rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is not a compelling read. I feel like the author is too busy showing me she is smart perhaps like Lily instead of attempting to involve me in the story.
I don’t like that. Proving to readers that you have an extensive and yet overblown vocabulary with which you are insistent on impressing them isn’t good writing, in my opinion. It is also difficult to keep the thread of dialogue going as every single character would have these pages long musings involving the past, or their fe This book is not a compelling read. It is also difficult to keep the thread of dialogue going as every single character would have these pages long musings involving the past, or their feelings, or the way the light looks filtered through the window, in the middle of conversations.
I would get to the end of dialogue and have to go back and re-read the pages without the ponderings just to wrap my head around what is actually being said. I do not think people actually talk in this way, with huge pauses while they go over things in their head and the other person just sits there static, doing nothing until they get done ruminating and deign to speak. This should be a book that I’d really enjoy, something of a mystery, but it catwheel told in such a way that I simply don’t know any of the characters by the end of the story.
They are all still murky and nebulous and bu definition. They are all complex with different problems and hy views, but it still adds up to a lot jejnifer nothing for me. There are bits that seem to me to be plot holes or else sloppy writing which would seem odd since this author would appear cartwhesl select each word after excessive consideration and the assistance of a thesaurus. At one point Lily is fired for supposedly causing a scene at her workplace, but she had a discussion in a ladies room, hardly what one would call a scene.
There was no screaming or yelling, just a discussion which I wouldn’t consider a scene, particularly since it took place in a more private location. And that seems careless.
There are hints and bits that are simply left swaying in the breeze. There are so many viewpoints, but one of them should have been Katy. At least to let us know who she was as she didn’t seem to be what everyone thought she was.
For me, there was an undertone of her not actually being very nice or perhaps it would be more correct to say she was hiding her true self while Lily was being herself, but that, as much of the book, went nowhere. Having said all that, and the reason this does just barely get two stars instead of one carttwheel that I was still affected by the story and felt such anguish and disgust over what was happening to Lily.
Even though the author tried, I never quite understood why the prosecutor would try to implicate someone for a crime they obviously didn’t commit.
It made no sense and the author didn’t manage to make it make sense. The stuff about his weird ex-wife didn’t clarify anything for me and made me think he was merely evil. The ending is abrupt with no closure for anyone. The trial is barely mentioned. I don’t even know exactly what story the author was trying to tell me. There are far too many points of view and none of them bring much to the story.
I don’t believe I would ever read this author again. View all 39 comments. Aug 23, switterbug Betsey rated it it was amazing. Although there’s been discussion that this novel is based on the Amanda Knox story, it is more accurate to say that it is inspired by it, and I think that if you go into it with that approach, you won’t be comparing for authenticity.
DuBois has taken many liberties with the familiar Knox chronicle, so that it is a decidedly different story. It reads like a mosaic of a family and a haunting labyrinth of mirrors. American exchange student Lily Hayes, on the verge of 21, travels to Buenos Aires to s Although there’s been discussion that this novel is based on the Amanda Knox story, it is more accurate to say that it is inspired by it, and I think that if you go into it with that approach, you won’t be comparing for authenticity.
American exchange student Lily Hayes, on the verge of 21, travels to Buenos Aires to study abroad for a semester. She plans to immerse herself in the culture, improve her Spanish, and re-define herself.
As it is, she feels that her parents perceive her as an afterthought. Tragedy struck the family before she was born. She begins a romance with the mercurial neighbor, Sebastien LeCompte, another fall-out of tragedy. His parents, who were spies, died in a plane crash, leaving him a young millionaire in an old, crumbling house next door to Lily and Katy.
Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered; Lily is the prime suspect.
Book review: ‘Cartwheel,’ by Jennifer duBois
These details and events are all revealed very early in the novel, and set up the meat of the story’s riddle. The novel unfolds gradually, even leisurely, as DuBois takes the time to pause and dig deeply into each character. The chapters alternate between characters and time periods, and the reader sees circumstances and events through a prism of different eyes and sensibilities and prejudices, and through the djbois histories of Lily, her parents, the prosecutor, Sebastien, and Anna.
As Lily says of her parents, Andrew and Maureen, about their divorce: Because Andrew and Maureen did hate life, really; they were just always very polite about it. If you are looking for a pulse-pounding, propulsive, cat-and-mouse thriller, this likely won’t satisfy that desire. Dubois’ novel progresses at a dilatory pace.
How do you reconcile the immutable past with the unreliable present? I don’t think that Lily’s guilt or innocence is even central bu DuBois’ purpose in writing the story.
More importantly, it’s about Lily as seen through a spectrum of various observers–for example, her “inappropriate” behaviors–a cartwheel, a kiss, a cold reaction to murder. The fact of Lily’s guilt or innocence is not the apogee of this novel at all.
CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois | Kirkus Reviews
Rather, it is built on the question of perception: How do we perceive others, and how do others perceive us? How much of that is determined by how we see ourselves?
In the hands of the prosecutor, Eduardo Campos, he has the power to force his will on others. In the case of Lily, her carelessness and reckless free-spiritedness could destroy her life.
She is powerless against the forces of a foreign country or the capricious media’s thirst for tawdry scandal. As Eduardo imagines saying to Lily: We must act as though everything in this life counts; as though we only have one shot to jennfer things right.
We must act as though nobody would see the truth if we did not see the truth.