Jennifer duBois

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Our guest this week is Jennifer duBois, author of the award-winning novels, A PARTIAL HISTORY OF LOST CAUSES (Penguin Random House, 2012) and CARTWHEEL (Penguin Random House, 2013).

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Jennifer duBoisJennifer duBois is the recipient of a 2013 Whiting Writer’s Award and a 2012 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 award.

Her debut novel, A PARTIAL HISTORY OF LOST CAUSES (Penguin Random House, 2012) was the winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and the 2013 Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the for 2013 PEN/Hemingway Prize for Debut Fiction. The book was also longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.

A Partial History of Lost Causes - Jennifer duBoisJennifer earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Tufts University and an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before completing a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

Her second novel, CARTWHEEL (Penguin Random House, 2013), was the winner of the Housatonic Book Award for fiction and was a finalist for a New York Public Library Young Lions Award.

Jennifer’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, The Missouri Review, Salon, The Kenyon Review, Cosmopolitan, Narrative, ZYZZYVA, and has been anthologized in Imaginary Oklahoma, Byliner Originals’ Esquire Four and Narrative 4’s How To Be A Man project.

A native of western Massachusetts, Jennifer currently teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

Cartwheel - Jennifer duBoisEverybody Loves CARTWHEEL –

 A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013

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Publisher’s Weekly: Top Ten Literary Fiction Books of Fall

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“[You’ll break your own record of pages read per minute as you tear through this book.” Marie Claire  

“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 New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)

“[A] gripping, gorgeously written novel . . . so sharp it’s almost ruthless—a tabloid tragedy elevated to high art. [Grade:] A-”Entertainment Weekly

“Marvelous . . . a gripping tale . . . Every sentence crackles with wit and vision. Every page casts a spell.”Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

Cartwheel - J duBoisAbout CARTWHEEL

In Cartwheel, Jennifer 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.

It’s 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.

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