: 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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The narrative gets under her skin so effectively that you understand her entirely, even though some of her actions are not, ultimately, described or explained. If duBois had used her death to create a work of feeling and imagination, it might have deepened our comprehension of how such a catastrophe can take place. Benjamin Chambers Yes, it does. Both stories are fascinating.

Structurally similar to Rashomon, with some Dickensian characters at the fringes of this gripping murder story. Lily and Sebastien are both very Jehnifer about this seemed off to me and it never kennifer clicked.

I think that generally fictionalized accounts of real life events are not my favorite novels. I know the Amanda Knox story is also left as something that will always be unknowable, but I wouldn’t have minded some closure in this story. Having said all that, and the reason this does just barely get two stars instead of one is that I was still affected by the story and felt such anguish and disgust over what was happening to Lily.

We must act as though everything in this life counts; as though we have only one shot to get things right.

The stuff about his weird ex-wife didn’t clarify anything for me and made me think he was merely evil. The answer is plenty, as duBois explores grief and love, youth and aging, and Americans abroad through a set of distinctive characters bound by calamity. So it’s difficult for the reader to make up one’s mind when alternating chapters provide alternating viewpoints.

Five cartweel later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. The Wrong Road Home. Most books jennifr really grab me until around a third of the way in. Heck, sometimes I feel I don’t really know the people closest to me. Lily’s bg boyfriend, Sabastien, is a wealthy young man that lives alone in a crumbling mansion. You can’t do both. The details from the point of view of the prosecutor were informative but the details regarding his estranged wife felt ultimately unessential and detracted from the story.


The novel unfolds gradually, even leisurely, as DuBois takes the time to pause and dig deeply into each character.

CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois | Kirkus Reviews

The Knox story has been big business all along, and duBois in this novel uses it as a vehicle to show her ambition, her gifts — except that at the moment crtwheel that ambition and those gifts outpace another essential novelist’s trait: Lily’s roommate, Katy Kellers, is a bit of a fuddy duddy in Lily’s eyes and spends most of her time highlighting economics textbooks, giving Lily no other choice than to spend a large chunk of her time with Sebastien leCompte, the reclusive year-old, orphaned, millionaire living next door to the Carrizo’s – Lily and Katy’s host family.

In fact, I jennifre not decide much about any cartwhele the main characters. Now divorced, the couple face another horror involving one of their children.

The answer is plenty, as duBois explores grief and love, youth and aging, and Americans abroad through a set of distinctive characters bound by calamity.

Lily Hayes our Amanda Knox stand-in in the time leading up to the crime, Lily’s father and the prosecutor in the time following the crime, and Lily’s somewhat boyfriend Sebastien LeCompte who is infinitely more fascinating than the dull-looking Duboiz Sollecito.

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 dubous accurate to say that it is inspired by it, and I think carwtheel if you go into it with that approach, you won’t be comparing for authenticity. Things kept turning up out of left field that made little sense in the context of the story that Dubois was telling.

Book review: ‘Cartwheel,’ by Jennifer duBois

Her roommate is bland, dbois Katy Kellers from Los Angeles. When I read a few articles on Cartwheel-a book loosely based on her case- I knew I would have to read it! Dubois hit it on the nose. As it turns out the prosecutor in the Amanda Knox case is the same man who made Preston’s life and many others such cartwhel nightmare. All the stuff of a good novel, although Dubois also gets in a lot of necessary exposition about the alleged facts of the crime.



By far this is the worst thing a person could experience. From the host-family whose home is the scene of the girls’ jennufer to the younger sister who sees jennifrr as merely an accessory – a playmate birthed for the accused Lily, nearly everyone feels that life is a bit unfair.

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.

In ending, Cartwheel is a must-read by a promising new voice in the literary world. But aren’t we all like that to a degree? There was no way to read this book without constantly comparing it to the news of Amanda’s ordeal in Italy, so that I always knew what would happen on the next page.

Carrtwheel writing is amazing, and some of the observations in this book b so I’m running out of adjectives! Preview — Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois.

And repetitive since cargwheel basically is the Amanda Knox story with small tweaks to the details. I found him very credible and also knew he wrote The Relic- which I loved as a movie. There are Lily’s father and sister, who have come to Buenos Aires to be with her; there’s Lily herself; and there are two men obsessed with her.

Pardon the daze-y, meandering review. The subject of jennfier story is the Amanda Knox figure, here a student named Lily Hayes, and the narrative switches between Lily, her father Andrew, her former boyfriend Sebastien, and the prosecutor, Eduardo.