: 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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How or should an innocent person behave? She is powerless against the forces of a foreign country or the vy media’s thirst for tawdry scandal. After turning the last page of Cartwheel, I am sure of it.

The book’s writing may be excellent, but it’s a bloodless excellence.

Review: ‘Cartwheel’ by Jennifer duBois – Chicago Tribune

She spoke in Spanish during her interrogations despite her lack of proficiency, as Amanda spoke in Italian. Her parents had the wind knocked out of them with the loss of their first child and never got past it. In Cartwheel, she accomplishes this with acrobatic precision. Her cargwheel belief in the jenbifer of her own goodwill, the natural but naive belief that her good intentions and lack of bad intentions will always be enough.


But, both girls held resentments toward their parents and toward Janie. In fact, I am tempted to say it’s a pity duBois chose to base her plot on a real crime: By far this is the worst thing a person could experience. I don’t even know exactly what story the author was trying to tell me. He transfers some of his beliefs about his wife’s neuroses – or possibly her personality disorder, as suggested by his friends – onto the accused young lady.

The behaviour of the characters after the murder is, if not jenniter the same as the real case, then certainly the same in spirit. I also cannot deny that as the book neared its end, the feelings of dread and powerlessness it engendered were almost unbearable.


I wish I was kinder, and could understand that each person is the center of their own universe, and not trivialize any one person’s pain but it’s a little hard to hear about how so and so’s mother is such an annoyance to your life, when you’re own mother has Alzheimer’s, or how so and so’s boyfriend is so mean he never wants to go to jenmifer flicks when you’ve just had to leave the love of your life, or, in Andrew’s case, any of this irrelevant bullshit, when his baby girl had died painfully and slowly.

Sep 24, Pages.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. They have no idea what to say or how to feel. But every now and then something inspires me to pick one of these middle cartwhfel up, and that’s what I did here, entirely at random.

How do we perceive others, and how do others perceive us? I also liked the portrayal of the prosecuting attorney. Red herrings such as her impassive appearance following the murder, bloodstained lips, and an irrational cartwheel done while in police holding. Well-written, but fatally compromised I must be one of the few people in America not to know about the Amanda Knox case, except that she was tried for the murder of her roommate, a fellow exchange student at the University of Perugia.

The informed reader, will however, come to the realization that with minor differences they have heard this story before. The writing in Cartwheel is a pleasure—electric, fine-tuned, intelligent, conflicted. 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.

Book review: ‘Cartwheel,’ by Jennifer duBois

In many ways she is not a particularly likeable person, and yet I loved her, simply because she seemed so real. Whether you had passing interest in the Amanda Knox case, completely avoided any mention of it in the press, or devoured every detail, it won’t matter, because Cartwheel is fantastic from any perspective. It’s considered middlebrow to question a writer’s sources — Shakespeare was more or less a plagiarist — but after a time there comes to seem something lurid and dispiriting in this genteel expropriation of tragedy.


But can you say why with certainty? In the end, the actual event is skipped over. A few other instances are thrown in about the novel in order to sway the minds of readers one way or the other.

A dysfunctional family who tries to come together when a second tragedy strikes. But who is Lily Hayes?

Books by Jennifer duBois. Cartwheel is at heart a character study but ultimately lacks in creative elements.

CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois | Kirkus Reviews

The novel’s progression keenly spun like a cartwheel in a gymnastics act, with many variable posits to consider. After finishing Cartwheel I decided to familiaize myself with that news story since I’d never really followed it or watched the movies based on Amanda Knox.

One might think that this story could write itself. This is done through several separate narratives: The ultimate duplication of a big news story seems solely as a means for the author to showcase her obvious writing skills but only puts a spotlight on her complete lack of creativity. Because I jennifef seeing this with fresh eyes so to speak, I could appreciate that Jennifer DuBois’ debut novel Cartwheel means so much more.

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