Jennifer duBois

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“Cartwheel can only be read at a manic, stay-up-all-night kind of pace. It’s a story that moves with such urgent momentum from the very beginning that you don’t even quite realize its intensity—how swiftly and dizzyingly and fully you have been swept up into its world—until the whole thing is over…Utterly engrossing.”– The Austin Review

"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 writer with an ironic wit and mastery of the complexity of human character." – Sydney Morning Herald

With Cartwheel, Ms. duBois makes herself heir to the great novelists of the past…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. – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Psychologically astute…dangerously funny…The writing in ‘Cartwheel’ is a pleasure: electric, fine-tuned, intelligent, conflicted.” – The New York Times

“[T]he emotional intelligence in Cartwheel is so sharp it’s almost ruthless—a tabloid tragedy elevated to high art. A-.”– Entertainment Weekly

“Provocative, meaningful, and suspenseful…[A] page-turner.” – The Chicago Tribune

“A convincing, compelling tale…The story plays out in all its well-told complexity.” – The New York Daily News

“From the first page, duBois’ intelligent, penetrating writing makes this sad story captivating, delivering it from the realm of scuttlebutt and into that of art.” – Dallas Morning News

“Sure-footed and psychologically calibrated...Reviewers of duBois’ first novel, “A Partial History of Lost Causes,” called it brainy and beautiful, a verdict that fits this successor.” – Newsday

“An astonishing, breathtaking, and harrowing read.” – New York Journal of Books

“Very, very compelling.” – Bookreporter

“Masterful…[A] compelling, carefully crafted, and most importantly, satisfying novel.” –

“Cartwheel is so gripping, so fantastically evocative, that I could not, would not, put it down. Jennifer duBois is a writer of thrilling psychological precision. 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.”
– Justin Torres, author of We The Animals

"In Cartwheel, Jennifer duBois begins with a familiar tabloid story and transforms it into something entirely new, vivid, and unforgettable. Her vision of a blundering criminal justice system and the ordinary, flawed people caught inside it rings true. And her voice --- intelligent, humane, unsentimental --- brings an entire world to life. Highly recommended." – William Landay, author of the New York Times Bestseller Defending Jacob

“Jennifer duBois’s Cartwheel seized my attention and held it in a white-knuckled grip until I found myself reluctantly and compulsively turning its final pages very late at night. It’s an addictive book that made me miss train stops and wouldn’t let me go to sleep until I’d read just one more chapter. And it’s so much more than just a ravenous page-turner—it’s a rumination on the bloodthirsty rubbernecking of the twenty-four-hour news cycle and the bewitching powers of social media, and a scalpel-sharp dissection of the romance and naivete of innocence abroad, a book charged with a refreshing anger, but always empathic. Jennifer duBois has captured the sleazy leer of the scandal sheet and somehow twisted it into a work of art.”
– Ben Hale, author of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

“Like its namesake, Cartwheel will upend you; rarely does a novel this engaging ring so true. Inscribed with the emotional intimacy of memory, this is one story you will not soon forget.”
– T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Hold It ‘Til It Hurts

Written with the riveting storytelling and moral seriousness of authors like Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, and CurtisSittenfeld, 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. InCartwheel, 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.