If you’re as fascinated by the Amanda Knox murder case (the latest news at publication time is that the judge who announced the newest “guilty” verdicts has been accused of impropriety. I would watch the FUCK out of a show called “Italian Justice,” if that show was about Italian justice. Because things over there seem really exciting!) as Beth and I are, then it’s possible that you’ve spent hours and hours debating whether or not she actually did it, watching the above interview Knox did with Diane Sawyer, etc.
But does your appetite extend to a fictionalized take on the case? Mine did, which is how I ended up gobbling down Jennifer duBois‘ novel Cartwheel in a afternoon when I really should have been cleaning the house or paying attention to the dogs or something.
In Cartwheel, an attractive female student spending a semester abroad in Buenos Aires is accused of the murder of her roommate, in circumstances more than a little similar to the Knox case.
“People seemed to look at this young woman and this case and see very, very different things—but with similar levels of intensity. So some would say, oh, absolutely that girl did it, there’s something really wrong with her, you can just tell. Then you’d hear others say she was railroaded, it’s ridiculous, there’s no way she did it,” duBois told BookPage in an interview from October, 2013.
That divide strongly informs Cartwheel, as does the ambivalence and sense of possibility some of us — at least I– have about the Knox case. Could she have done it? I still find myself wondering. I don’t want to believe it, but could she have?
I’m not going to say too much else about the book, because it’s really a delicious, somewhat nasty surprise. Go read it for yourself, then come back and tell me what you think.
Jennifer duBois has a handy list of where you can buy Cartwheel on the sidebar of her site, and it seems to be available in hard copy and e-book at many public libraries.