: 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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And that seems careless. It all felt very superfluous compared to the amount of time spent on the trial itself though and the ending was extremely rushed compared to the slower pace we became accustomed to.
Anyway had a very hard time rating this, because on one hand the writing was very good and on the other, the style of the story just jennifwr not work.
Book review: ‘Cartwheel,’ by Jennifer duBois
The chapters alternate between characters and time periods, and the reader sees circumstances and events through a prism of different eyes and sensibilities and prejudices, and through the personal histories of Lily, her parents, the prosecutor, Sebastien, and Anna.
Anna would keep coming, twice a year at least; she would work for two years as an i-banker there was no way that girl wasn’t heading for an MBA, classics major or no until she married another i-banker and they would produce two long limbed children back to back. Cartwhewl can’t do both.
All of these factors now carry cwrtwheel more weight than ever before in a criminal investigation. She’s written a entirely comprehensive story with a cast of characters that are wholly realized and believeable and entirely themselves.
CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois | Kirkus Reviews
Rather, it explores the prisons of our own making…and how perceptions can sometimes create reality. The imagery, the characters, well, everything really, is done marvelously. Look Inside Reading Guide.
She feels she was conceived for Lily’s sake alone. Before Cartwheel even began, there was a disclaimer inserted that stated, “Although the themes of this book were loosely inspired by the story of Amanda Knox, this is entirely a work of fiction I don’t think that Lily’s guilt or innocence is even central to DuBois’ purpose in writing the story. We meet her younger sister as well, and between them all, there is a mosaic constructed of their combined perspectives of Lily the accused murderer, supposed wielder of knife.
The characters are richly developed, the writing is near-perfect, and the “who”s and “why”s are enthralling. Does knowing Lily like her father does make it easier or more difficult to discern?
View all 6 comments. Her parents use the phrase, “high spirited” when describing Lily’s personality. She’s not all that likable, and yet you root for her.
It would not matter. It tells a fictionalized version of the Amanda Knox story from the point of view of several key players, including the boyfriend, the Amanda character, and the Amanda’s-dad character. But I was disappointed in that regard. None of the events ever happened. Lilly had a devoted sister, as did Amanda. Fortunately, duBois does write young women — her truest subject, and perhaps what drew her to Knox’s case — exceedingly well. There were times I didn’t want to finish it, knowing I’d never be able to grasp that “first-time read” feeling with a second perusal.
We learn about the whys we tell ourselves and the whys we tell others, but the true cartdheel why? 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.
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.
I get it that carwtheel knowing another person is nearly impossible. This book subtly alternates points of view, and I think that is one of the most interesting aspects of it.
As Andrew travels to Buenos Aires with his youngest daughter, Anna, he faces his feelings about Anna, his marriage, his current situation, and his failings as a husband and father. The duboia will wonder.
The characters were all believable. And repetitive since it basically is the Amanda Knox story with small tweaks to the details.
This should be a book that I’d really enjoy, something of a mystery, but it is told in such a way that I simply don’t know any of the characters by the end of the story.
Create an Account or login First Name. At the risk of sounding like I’m reviewing a YA romance She has an affair with the reclusive Sebastien LeComte such a pretentious nameneighbor to the Carrizo’s- the hosting cartwheeo with whom Hayes is boarding.
Oct 08, Judy rated it liked it Shelves: Why did Lily kiss her boyfriend mere hours after discovering her roommate dead? First of all, I threw this in the pile totally at random. I read DuBois’ A Partial History of Lost Causes earlier this year, and while I was impressed with it on a byy level, I never completely connected emotionally with the story.
This time I almost hated it.