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Cartwheel: A Novel de Jennifer duBois
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Cartwheel: A Novel (original: 2013; edição: 2013)

de Jennifer duBois

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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"-- "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"--… (mais)
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Título:Cartwheel: A Novel
Autores:Jennifer duBois
Informação:Random House (2013), Hardcover, 384 pages
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For much of the book, I was not certain if I liked it or disliked it, but I nevertheless felt compelled to continue reading. I am glad I did. I'm intrigued by the novel's exploration of innocence, guilt, justice, identity, and perspective. I must add I greatly dislike Eduardo. He really is a "monster." ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
An interesting fictionalization of the Amanda Knox trial. Told in multiple POV format, I think I liked the cop's best. Lily was a hard person to get a handle on. Sebastian was worse. Well written with excellent vocabulary - not written down to grade 4. Lots of good insight into life, beauty and guilt. Some quotes I highlighted in my library ebook copy -

"There was a particular kind of uneasiness that came from recognizing the profundity of your own uselessness. It was all so morally exhausting. Lily worried about it, and then forgot to worry about it, and then worried about the fact that she’d forgotten. She recognized this as perhaps the second stage of culture shock, after elation."

"but she had somehow never learned that the universe needed no excuse to fuck with you, no excuse at all, so you sure as hell better not give it one."

"When you’re young you think it’s the clarity that’s intoxicating; later you realize you were only ever drunk on your own vision."

"Sometimes when she thought about all the work she’d done in her life to make sure the men she knew were having a comfortable enough time—the vast amounts of effort she’d spent on this!"—

"This was her little impulsive adventure, after all, and she knew she had to make it feel as though they were having joyful and terrifically arbitrary fun. In the modern world, this was usually the girl’s job. She’d seen enough movies to know."

"A situation like theirs arose not because a man liked too many women, but because he hated too many." ( )
1 vote Bookmarque | Jun 23, 2020 |
Closer to 2.5. Had a really hard time getting into the story. I really only read it to see how it ended, and even then, I was left confused, and no amount of googling helped.

Also, the author uses a LOT of fiddy cent words when a dime would do. I enjoy having to use the definition function on my kindle a few times per book. But every 10-15 pages? Meh. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
Cartwheel: A Novel by Jennifer Dubois is her second novel. Dubios has a BA in political science and philosophy from Tufts University. She has also earned her MFA in fiction from Iowa Writer's Work shop. Her work has been published in several publications and her first novel was selected for Five Under Thirty-Five program from the National Book Foundation. Currently, Dubios teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Contemporary fiction is not usually my first choice to read, but this book came highly recommended. I have found a few winners in the past because, after all, thirty years from now this is where the new classic books will be selected from. Cartwheel has all the makings of a great story: Murder in a foreign country. A dysfunctional family who tries to come together when a second tragedy strikes. A workaholic police investigator. A cocky, rich young man. An emotionally stunted protagonist. College students. A bar.

This book should be great, but it turns out to be rather ok. The writing will hold you into the story and the reader will or should be able to piece together the story. The informed reader, will however, come to the realization that with minor differences they have heard this story before. It would seem that this story should come with a “Based on a true story” or “Names and places have been changed to protect the innocent.” What I am hinting at is the Amanda Knox story. The American student arrested for killing her roommate in Italy and trying to blame the crime on a bartender. I am not saying that Dubois had any intention of rewriting the Amanda Knox story, but I could not shake that feeling.

I liked the book and the story. The writing is great. The characters were all believable. All the characters were well developed. I just couldn't help feeling I was reading a recycled news story. Despite that nagging feeling, it is a good read. For those unfamiliar with the Amanda Knox story is will be an very good read. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
I actually liked the book, and really enjoyed the character of Sebastian LeCompte, but wasn't too much of a fan on the ending; the writing nor the outcome. ( )
  thursbest | Jun 16, 2018 |
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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"-- "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"--

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