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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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Product details 384 pages Random House - English 9780812995862 Reviews:
"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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