: 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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Refresh and try again. The mulitiple viewpoints only emphasize the whole idea of perception in this book. It’s like trying to cover up the smell of shit with febreeze.

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But there was nothing to be done about it: Tragedy struck the family before she was born. The awkwardness of it. Her parents had the wind knocked out of them with the loss of their first child and never got past it. Benjamin Chambers Yes, it does. My own judgment is a hands-down split decision.

Review: ‘Cartwheel’ by Jennifer duBois

Sebastien, who could so easily have been an empty love interest, or a plot device to prop up the more important characters of Lily and Katy, is fleshed out in the most interesting, unexpected way – as an irony-laden eccentric, as a person with his own sprawling, complicated backstory, as a boy whose own bby or lack of experience and insecurity colours his every interaction with others. This was very much the Amanda Knox story, and the fact that a disclaimer was provided, didn’t negate this fact.

When American student Amanda Knox duboos tried in Italy for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, I changed television channels and clicked away from websites in frantic evasion.


Aug 23, switterbug Betsey rated it it was amazing. This is the way of things! The best part are the last pages. She’s not all that likable, and yet you root for her.

I didn’t really know anything about this book when I selected to review it, and I didn’t know anything about Amanda Knox. Contemporary fiction is not usually my first choice to r Cartwheel: I read with interest throughout, but felt that Dubois had not quite succeeded in balancing the detective aspects with the novelistic ones.

Every sentence crackles with wit and vision.

Book review: ‘Cartwheel,’ by Jennifer duBois

I don’t think that Lily’s guilt or innocence is even central to DuBois’ purpose in writing the story. Dubois tells an increasing amount of the story in flashback scenes featuring Lily herself. Cartwheel is very loosely based on the framework of facts from the Amanda Knox case, but that doesn’t mean it’s a crime thriller or murder mystery. Now the family is reunited in a foreign country, watching their daughter become only a shell of the person she once was. The characters were all believable.

Of a Jennifeg train station, she writes that “the clean sheets of light falling through the window always felt somehow Atlantic, oceanic, and the ashen seagulls outside made smudges against jsnnifer concrete and sky. The writing is great. My avoidance goes double for sensationalistic murder mysteries. But then we also have bg chapters with Eduardo, the prosecutor, and when we’re following his storyline, Lily’s guilt is assumed.

View all 4 comments. But I was disappointed in that regard.

If you are a true-crime buff and followed the Amanda Knox case, you are probably howling to the carthweel right now because it is these questions that we wanted answered.

What or how should a killer act? The true story was a better story! Lily and Sebastien are both very unlikeable, but this made sense and demonstrates how any particular ‘oddness’ can be perceived as suspicious in such circumstances even if there are completely innocent reasons for them. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.


I would get to the end of dialogue and have to go back and re-read the dibois without the ponderings just to wrap my head around what is actually being said.

As Lily behaves naively — talking to Campos without her lawyer present, mixing up her story — he creates a bizarre motive for why she might have killed. These characters were portrayed beautifully. The pacing was good with just a little bit of a lull in the middle where the author revisits certain events from the boyfriend’s perspective.

I normally stay away from watching, highly publicized trials like Knox’sbut because of my prior knowledge, it kind of sucked me in. Instead of filling in the blanks with a book report cartwhsel, I will say that each of the characters in the story seem to be locked in to a certain mindset by past events that were beyond their control.

As it turns out the prosecutor in the Amanda Knox case is the same man who made Preston’s life and many others such a nightmare. Look Inside Reading Guide. Eduardo takes an instant dislike to Lily and her “American ways” he also sees similarities between Lily and his flighty on again off again wife, Maria- which doesn’t do Lily any favors.

But I’m so glad I did read this!