Cartwheel

Cartwheel

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Written with the riveting storytelling and moral seriousness of authors like Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Cartwheel is a suspenseful and haunting novel of an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder, and a father trying to hold his family together. When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn't come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who's asking. As the case takes shape--revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA--Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see--and to believe--in one another and ourselves. Jennifer duBois's debut novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and was honored by the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 program. In Cartwheel, duBois delivers a novel of propulsive psychological suspense and rare moral nuance. Who is Lily Hayes? What happened to her roommate? No two readers will agree. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how much we really know about ourselves will linger well beyond. Praise for A Partial History of Lost Causes "Astonishingly beautiful and brainy. [a] stunning novel."--O: The Oprah Magazine "A thrilling debut. duBois writes with haunting richness and fierce intelligence. Full of bravado, insight, and clarity."--Elle "DuBois is precise and unsentimental. She moves with a magician's control between points of view, continents, histories, and sympathies."--The New Yorker "I can't remember reading another novel--at least not recently--that's both incredibly intelligent and also emotionally engaging."--Nancy Pearl, NPR "A real page-turner. a psychological thriller of great nuance and complexity."--The Dallas Morning News "Hilarious and heartbreaking and a triumph of the imagination."--Gary Shteyngart"-- Provided by publisher.
"When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful surroundings, the street food, the elusive guy next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn't come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who's asking. As the case takes shape--revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA--Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see--and to believe--in each other and ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995862
0812995864
Branch Call Number: Fiction DuBois
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 25 cm

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jachayden
Aug 17, 2016

This book was extremely well-written. I don't know of any other author who could so flawlessly go between the storylines of a girl, the man prosecuting her, her family, their familial past, and the days leading up the crime. I never felt confused by the different stories swimming amongst each other, and the book held my interest the whole way through. The only things I didn't like were that we never 100% know what happened that night, and that the character of Sebastien LeCompte is a completely annoying waste of human life character. No one reading this should feel empathy for him.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 21, 2014

Solid writing with alternating perspectives on a tragic crime. DuBois brings the story alive, and reveals the intriguing moral ambiguity to be found in different interpretations of guilt and innocence.

Aragon131 May 07, 2014

I decided to quit reading when I realized I was only 40 pages from the end so I figured might as well finish. I never really felt like I got to know the characters. Worse than not knowing what really happened was not caring. Well written but it just seemed to go in circles.

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toby65
Apr 17, 2014

another winner by DuBois

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kelliyfults
Feb 07, 2014

okay, I had high hopes- there was a vast potential of ways to 'hook' me: murder investigation (check), exotic locale (check), girl friendship/rivalry (check), family dynamics (check)... failed most miserably on the exotic locale category. I have spent time in Buenos Aires and here vague descriptions and lack of interest in anything Argentinian not only failed the setting for the story- but also made me not quite believe the main character was engaged in a foreign exchange! I fell the 3 days with this book were time I could have used on better fiction-

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jescar82
Jan 31, 2014

Very good novel, I would read it again and recommend the book.

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