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Written with the riveting storytelling 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: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.

 

Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who’s asking. As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. 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. No two readers will agree who Lily is and what happened to her roommate. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how well we really know ourselves will linger well beyond.

 

A USA Today Pick for Biggest Books of the Fall • A Pick for The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of 2013

 

“An astonishing, breathtaking, and harrowing read.”New York Journal of Books

“[DuBois] does an excellent job of creating and maintaining a pervasive feeling of foreboding and suspense. . . . An acute psychological study of character that rises to the level of the philosophical . . . Cartwheel is very much its own individual work of the author’s creative imagination.”Booklist (starred review)

“Jennifer duBois, a writer whose fierce intelligence is matched only by her deep humanity, hits us with a marvelous second novel that intertwines a gripping tale of murder abroad with an intimate story of family heartbreak. Every sentence crackles with wit and vision. Every page casts a spell.”—Maggie Shipstead, New York Times bestselling author of Seating Arrangements

 

Cartwheel is so gripping, so fantastically evocative, that I could not, would not, put it down. Jennifer duBois is a writer of thrilling psychological precision. She dares to pause a moment, digging into the mess of crime and accusation, culture and personality, the known and unknown, and coming up with a sensational novel of profound depth.”—Justin Torres, New York Times bestselling author of We the Animals

 

“An addictive book that made me miss train stops and wouldn't let me go to sleep until I'd read just one more chapter. It's a rumination on the bloodthirsty rubbernecking of the twenty-four-hour news cycle and the bewitching powers of social media, and a scalpel-sharp dissection of innocence abroad, a book charged with a refreshing anger, but always empathic. Jennifer duBois has captured the sleazy leer of lurid crime and somehow twisted it into a work of art.”—Benjamin Hale, author of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

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"Taking themes that were 'loosely inspired by the story of Amanda Knox,' Cartwheel follows American exchange student Lily Hayes, who has been accused of murdering her roommate, Katy Kellers, in Argentina. Like Knox, Lily's troublesome lack of anguish, as reportedly evidenced by canoodling with her boyfriend the day after the murder, causes an uproar in the media. Like Knox, Lily seems to have been completely normal — so normal, in fact, that her disbelief at her predicament leads to some bad choices. While duBois (A Partial History of Lost Causes) clearly has the authorial chops to illustrate complex characters, Cartwheel remains flat partly because she seems more focused on avoiding right answers or easy sympathy than creating characters who are more than moral specimens. While muddying the waters of right and wrong is almost always a valiant cause in literature, this novel reads more like an intellectual exercise in examining all the different angles rather than an emotional engagement with human beings. Agent: Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jennifer duBois’s A Partial History of Lost Causes was one of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years. It was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and O: The Oprah Magazine chose it as one of the ten best books of the year. DuBois was also named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 authors. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, duBois recently completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Texas.

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Laurie Blum, September 7, 2013 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Although Jennifer duBois' "Cartwheel" is loosely based on an Italian murder scandal (Amanda Knox) a few years ago, this book is fictional & oh so fascinating! Set in Buenos Aires, this tale is about main character Lily Hayes & will provide hours of discussable themes for book review clubs. I thought that this novel is not a "did she do it & is she guilty?" story but rather, it beautifully explores the 'prisons of our own making & how perceptions can sometimes create reality'.... Highly recommended - BRAVA!
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Laurie Blum, September 7, 2013 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Although Jennifer duBois' "Cartwheel" is loosely based on an Italian murder scandal (Amanda Knox) a few years ago, this book is fictional & oh so fascinating! Set in Buenos Aires, this tale is about main character Lily Hayes & will provide hours of discussable themes for book review clubs. I thought that this novel is not a "did she do it & is she guilty?" story but rather, it beautifully explores the 'prisons of our own making & how perceptions can sometimes create reality'.... Highly recommended - BRAVA!
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techeditor, July 30, 2013 (view all comments by techeditor)
CARTWHEEL is a story, but, even more, it is an examination of how people think of themselves and how others see them, how easily misunderstandings occur, and how the innocent can appear guilty.

Jennifer DuBois based her story on a true one from the headlines, which anyone can do. But she does with it what few writers come close to doing. Her novel, A PARTIAL HISTORY OF LOST CAUSES, received many great reviews and awards, but here’s a prediction: CARTWHEEL will do even better.

The story: Lily is a US citizen and student living in Buenos Aires to study there for a semester. She stays in someone’s home with another student, Katy. Eventually, Katy is murdered, and Lily is arrested as the suspect.

DuBois tells the story through the eyes of different characters, including Lily; Sebastian, the boy next door who loves her; Lily’s sister and father; and the manipulative prosecutor, so concerned about his record of convictions that he is convinced of Lily’s guilt even after DNA results prove that someone else is the murderer. In this way, we see how they see themselves and each other, and how they perceive and misconceive others’ actions and events.

Warning: DuBois does something many readers normally dislike. She goes off on tangents, that is, she sometimes has characters, especially Lily’s father, remember events that happened years ago. Her intention, it seems, is to show how one event leads to another and to another, and so on. Other authors do this, too, and it’s boring and tedious. But DuBois’ descriptions are riveting.

Although, as I said, this is a story, and there is plot, CARTWHEEL is mostly character driven. And that is another warning. Some readers prefer plot-driven novels, and CARTWHEEL is not that. CARTWHEEL is a beautifully written and riveting character study as they are set in this story of an American girl accused of murder.

This review is of an advanced reader's copy provided by Random House and won through atrandom.com.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812995862
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Dubois, Jennifer
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
murder;fiction;mystery;argentina;amanda knox;study abroad
Publication Date:
20130924
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
] A-&rdquo;<b><i>&mdash;Entertainment Weekly</i></
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 1.14 in 1.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Taking themes that were 'loosely inspired by the story of Amanda Knox,' Cartwheel follows American exchange student Lily Hayes, who has been accused of murdering her roommate, Katy Kellers, in Argentina. Like Knox, Lily's troublesome lack of anguish, as reportedly evidenced by canoodling with her boyfriend the day after the murder, causes an uproar in the media. Like Knox, Lily seems to have been completely normal — so normal, in fact, that her disbelief at her predicament leads to some bad choices. While duBois (A Partial History of Lost Causes) clearly has the authorial chops to illustrate complex characters, Cartwheel remains flat partly because she seems more focused on avoiding right answers or easy sympathy than creating characters who are more than moral specimens. While muddying the waters of right and wrong is almost always a valiant cause in literature, this novel reads more like an intellectual exercise in examining all the different angles rather than an emotional engagement with human beings. Agent: Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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