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Review: 'Cartwheel' by Jennifer duBois
There are passages of observation so closely controlled and beautiful in "Cartwheel," the second novel by Jennifer duBois, that what she describes seems as if it will stay described for good. Of a Boston train station, she writes that "the clean sheets of light falling through the window always felt somehow Atlantic, oceanic, and the ashen seagulls outside made smudges against the concrete and sky." Or, here is the superbly generic individualism of the Facebook page of Lily Hayes, the book's central character: "a Molière quote, a variety of subsexual poses, a loving catalog of reasonably challenging fiction."
By Charles Finch
October 20, 2013