: 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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Yes, Lily Hayes was naive and careless, unable to see the consequences of her actions. Five weeks later, Katy is found cartwheel murdered; Lily is the prime suspect. To do this, she has to make Lily ordinary—but in making her ordinary, she takes some of the steam out of her story.

Lily’s character is hard to read. There was only Janie and Maureen and Andrew, at sea on a little boat, and all the continents of the world submerged.

Book review: ‘Cartwheel,’ by Jennifer duBois

There are two types of crime fiction: The success of a psychological novel is gauged by the empathy you are compelled to feel for the characters. The jfnnifer portrayal of Lily in particular is exceptional. Click here to learn about joining Printers Row. I even detected a slight allusion to the Spanish Inquisition during the interrogation process.

Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

I also liked the portrayal of the prosecuting attorney. Return to Book Carhwheel. I admit that Jennifer duBois made me look at these upsetting truths about life and that made me mad.

The awkwardness of it. However, the pretentious writing, strangely driven plot and characters I could not connect to ruined it for me. Everybody’s perceptions of Lily are just a bit different that Lily’s perception of Lily. It reads like a mosaic of a family and a haunting labyrinth of mirrors.

Jennifer DuBois tries to discover the whys in the aftermath of a murder committed in the most extreme of circumstances.

So it is clear that Dubois put it in her book too because—despite her initial disclaimer—she wanted the factual parallels between the two. And that’s what this was, a book in the middle of a list of hundreds, so when you’re and we’re talking books and you carwheel read a book or two or three at the most a week If she is immature and perhaps narcissistic, though, could Lily be guilty? In Cartwheel, she accomplishes this with acrobatic precision.


Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how much we really know about ourselves will linger well beyond. Lily; Andrew Hayes, Lily’s father, a stoic who absolutely refuses to believe it’s even possible for Lily to have done this; Eduard Campos, a representative of the investigative magistrate, a man who feels certainty vy Lily’s guilt, even though everyone he jnnifer to is obstructing him; and Sebastien leCompte.

Particularly risky is Ms. 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. So I went and watched the Amanda Knox documentary right away with my boy-friend, who’s obsessed with documentaries. What I know is that there were two women, college exchange students and one somewhat hunky neighbor, having relationships with both and than of course there is the murder of Had quite a while to consider my rating on this book and why so much of it just did not gel with me.

Cartwheel is an echo, a reflection and lacks in any true substantive differences from the headlines other than the location Italy vs.

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A few other random bits that I underlined, simply because I liked them. Lily’s misunderstanding about Sebastien and Katy, and how it’s never actually set right, because neither of them can articulate how they really feel or bring themselves to just talk about the situation. Lilly’s parents were divorced, as were Amanda’s. The writing is pretentious and ostentatious “faint crepitation of a leaf against the window”.

She’s saying the right things. Lily and her prosecutor, Eduardo, are philosophical opposites. The details of the murder what is known about it, at least and crime scene are identical.

Things are hinted at and never quite explained, and others are the exact opposite of what they seem – several pieces of evidence that clinch Lily’s involvement with the murder in the mind of the prosecutor are subsequently shown in one of Lily’s flashbacks to be something completely innocent. So why is it there? The subject of the 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.


Dubois’ decision to take her viscous writing style and fictionalize a real-life sordid and well-publicized murder in Italy, the murder of Amanda Knox’ roommate. How do we perceive others, and how do others perceive us?

None of the characters are real.

Because I was seeing this with fresh eyes so to speak, I could appreciate that Jennifer DuBois’ de Sure Cartwheel will be compared to the true events in the life and trial of Amanda Knox. How do jennofer reconcile the immutable past with the unreliable present?

And jebnifer is finally happening. And, as with a good novel, I looked forward to seeing the fictional Lily emerge as a real person in her own right. I think that generally fictionalized accounts of real life events are not my ccartwheel novels. Ever since the domination of capitalism and Western individualistic ideologies, people prefer to emphasize the differences between humans rather than to discuss our similarities.

Sebastien’s love for Lily made me want to weep. This is, however, far better duboks Katie Crouch’s riff on the same case in Abroad. In the end, the actual event is skipped over. View all 12 comments. Maureen and Andrew would keep coming, though less and less, and then they would die, one after another. But if you’re up for reading how an oddly motivated prosecutor and some unusual circumstances line up, this character study will not disappoint.

Using a cartwheel as the inappropriate behavior was especially irritating, as in the real Amanda Knox story it was incorrectly reported that she did a cartwheel. Her unwavering belief in the strength of her own goodwill, the natural but naive belief that her good intentions and lack of bad intentions will always be enough.

Before Cartwheel even began, there was a disclaimer inserted that stated, “Although the duobis of this book were loosely inspired by cartwhee story of Amanda Knox, this is entirely a work of fiction