Waiting on Wednesday – Cartwheel: A Novel by Jennifer Dubois

Posted September 4, 2013 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Cartwheel: A Novel by Jennifer DuboisCartwheel: A Novel on September 24th 2013

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.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding this one and I was ultimately left unconvinced, at first. Betsey posted a superb review on this that ended up changing my mind. Definitely giving this one a shot now.


4 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday – Cartwheel: A Novel by Jennifer Dubois

  1. I love that cover. And it sounds pretty amazing too. Awesome pick, Bonnie!
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  2. Rachel

    I'd never heard of this book before, but it sounds awesome! Now I'll definitely make sure to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  3. darlingmisswendy

    Hah hah hah, this is the book I was making fun of on Twitter a few months back because I thought the "with the moral seriousness of…" line was hilarious. SO POMPOUS. 😀 I hope the book is good. I will just always giggle at that blurb.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
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