Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Cartwheel by Jennifer duBoisCartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 9/24/2013
Source: TLC Book Tours
Pages: 416
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Lily Hayes imagines her semester abroad in Buenos Aires will keep her constantly surrounded by exotic language, food, men and stories. Instead, she finds herself living with a distrusting local family and boring American roommate. Eyes focus on Lily when her roommate Katy is found brutally murdered early into their stay, with tell-tale e-mails, witnesses, and DNA all building a seemingly open and shut case. 

Though the story seems to share roots with the Amanda Knox case, Lily’s tale branches off in several unexpected directions. Cartwheel is much more than an echo of tales already told. duBois uses each of her characters, particularly Lily’s father Andrew, to raise questions about parenthood, marriage, culture and justice in honest, insightful prose. 

“She did not know to regard the absence of comfort with fear – partly because she wasn’t particularly materialistic or entitled, but partly because she did not believe, not really, that such a state could ever truly be permanent. And that was entitled, Andrew saw now – that expectation of the universe’s benignity.”

In this follow up to her widely hailed debut novel, Jennifer duBois guides readers along the line between belief and doubt, showing that it often blurs far beyond what we’re capable of seeing ourselves.

  • This sounds like an interesting book. I really like the cover. Something about it calls to me.

  • I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this one. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    • The buzz is really deserved on this one, I was pretty surprised by it – I was expecting something much different.

  • Sarah Says Read

    I have been meaning to read this for a while! I know nothing about the Knox case, but it sounds like a really cool premise for a book :)

    • I don’t know all that much about the Knox case either, but I think that’s probably a good way to go in. It’s actually quite different from what I understand – and really well written!

  • The Book Wheel

    What a great giveaway!

  • This sounds so interesting! I’ve heard a little about the Amanda Knox case, and it would be fascinating to read a book about a similar kind of situation.

    • It digs into the family dynamics and backgrounds of so many characters, it’s a really interesting way of looking at something like this – I really enjoyed it!

  • Kelly Massry

    You’ve made me want to read this immediately!
    I recommend the NYT book review for those still interested – there was a great write-up of Cartwheel this past week.

  • I wish I lived in the States… The book sounds fascinating! :)

  • I’m so glad you brought up the Amanda Knox similarity and praised the book on its own merits. That was my concern as well. Thanks Shannon!

  • Words for Worms

    Ahhh I keep seeing reviews for this and I’m stoked that you’re doing a giveaway! Completely unrelated- I can still do a cartwheel. It makes me feel awesome to be able to say that.

  • I’m planning to read this later this month. Glad to hear that it is not very similar to the Knox case.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I wasn’t sure that this was something I wanted to read, but it sounds like everyone is loving it!

  • I’m seeing reviews of this all over the place! It’s on my rather large TBR but I hope to get to it soon.

  • Ti Reed

    Just started this one. I am maybe 5 chapters in. I like it so far. Pulled me in right away.

  • HeatherTLC

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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