DuBois, who is 29, and her husband, novelist Justin Perry, met in a writing workshop at Stanford, where both were Stegner Fellows, married almost exactly one year ago, and recently moved to Austin, where she teaches creative writing. Beyond that, in all the dialogue, in every scene, nothing at all corresponds to the reality. And I realized that these reactions and the certainty with which people were feeling them were influenced and inflected by broader issues. This case unfolded at the nexus of a lot of countervailing factors, in terms of class and race and gender and religion and, I think, a kind of cultural misapprehension as well.
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DuBois hits [the] larger sadness just right and dispenses with all the salacious details you can readily find elsewhere. The writing in Cartwheel is a pleasure-electric, fine-tuned, intelligent, conflicted. The novel is engrossing, and its portraiture hits delightfully and necessarily close to home. The story plays out in all its well-told complexity. As the pages fly, the reader hardly notices that duBois has stretched the genre of the criminal procedural.
The limberness is welcome, indeed. She aims to observe the thoughts that intrude at the most inappropriate times, to capture memories and intricate emotions, and to make penetrating comments about living today. In Cartwheel, she accomplishes this with acrobatic precision. What else can we learn from these events? The answer is plenty, as duBois explores grief and love, youth and aging, and Americans abroad through a set of distinctive characters bound by calamity.
Recommended for: Anyone who. An acute psychological study of character that rises to the level of the philosophical. Every sentence crackles with wit and vision.
Every page casts a spell. Jennifer duBois is a writer of thrilling psychological precision. The writing in Cartwheel is a pleasure--electric, fine-tuned, intelligent, conflicted. She dares to pause a moment, digging into the mess of crime and accusation, culture and personality, the known and unknown, and coming up with a sensational novel of profound depth.
Jennifer duBois has captured the sleazy leer of lurid crime and somehow twisted it into a work of art. Inscribed with the emotional intimacy of memory, this is one story you will not soon forget. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Texas.
Review: 'Cartwheel' by Jennifer duBois
Disclosure: If you click a link in this post and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. A desperate father determined to win her freedom. The brilliant lawyer tasked with her prosecution. And the sphinx-like young man who happens to be her only alibi. When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colourful buildings, the street food, the elusive guy next door. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect.
Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins Unabridged 4 out of 5 stars 13, Performance 4. But on this evening, three children do not return. When the police arrive, they find only one of them. He is gripping a tree trunk, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective.
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. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? 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.