Life Among Giants
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Life Among Giants

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by Bill Roorbach
     
 

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At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. In a mansion across the pond from their Connecticut home lives the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide,

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At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. In a mansion across the pond from their Connecticut home lives the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide, and her rock star husband, whose own disasters intersect with Lizard’s—and Kate’s—in the most intimate and surprising ways.

Over the years that follow, Lizard and Kate are obsessed with piecing together the motives behind their parents’ deaths, returning time and again to their father’s missing briefcase, his shady business dealings and shaky finances, and to Sylphide, who has threaded her way into Lizard’s and Kate’s lives—much more deeply than either had ever realized. From the football fields of Princeton to a stint with the NFL, from the elaborate dances at the mansion to the gourmet restaurant he opens, it only takes Lizard a lifetime to set things right again.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Ambitious, energetic . . . ”
Library Journal

Washington Post
“Both a family story and a complex murder mystery, this beautifully read title features complex characters. . . . Larkin’s rich baritone voice envelops us.”
Booklist

New York Times
“Larkin’s narration builds the suspense and lets Roorbach’s story unravel slowly, making this audiobook one to savor.”
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From the Publisher
“A bighearted, big-boned story . . . like something written by a kinder, gentler John Irving.”
Washington Post

“A larger-than-life production. . . . Its wild characters feel genuine, their aches and flaws and desires wholly organic; and the plot they’re tangled in moves forward at a breakneck pace. It’s a dizzy romp.”
New York Times

Library Journal
This ambitious, energetic novel from Roorbach (Big Bend) has something for everyone—steamy sex, rock stars, ballet stars, professional football, a dysfunctional family, an unsolved murder, and a complicated revenge plot. The narrator, David (Lizard) Hockmeyer, is a giant himself, a former high school football player who's almost seven feet tall. His parents were shot in front of him when he was a teen, and he and his troubled, bipolar sister Kate have been obsessed for decades with finding the killers. Lizard and Kate live in Connecticut near a celebrated Swedish ballerina who calls herself Sylphide after the classic ballet and is the widow of Dabney, a flamboyant British rocker who died in a car crash. (Improbably, Dabney is already a big star in America in the early 1960s, before the Beatles and the British invasion.) In the end, Lizard and Sylphide's lives intersect in more ways than either of them could have imagined. VERDICT This big, sprawling novel has so much going on that it's easy to lose track of the murder mystery at its heart. It would pack more of a punch if it had a sharper focus.—Leslie Patterson, Rehoboth, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611749021
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged; 13.5 hours
Pages:
810
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 5.74(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Roorbach is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend; Into Woods; Temple Stream; and most recently, the bestselling Life Among Giants. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories, is used in writing programs around the world. His work has been published in Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. Life Among Giants was an Editor's Pick for Amazon's Best 2012, a Shelf Awareness Top Ten Best Fiction for 2012, and a winner of the Maine Literary Award for Fiction.

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Life among Giants: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Kbeck More than 1 year ago
A terrific read to share with friends. Engaging from the first page thru to the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intriguing Connecticut coastline story. Complex characters from different worlds collide in unexpected and sometimes fatal ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago