December 2012 Indie Next List
“Roorbach has given readers a totally unique family saga that is infused with love, sex, and murder. This is the kind of story that takes you on a journey from the very first page and races right along to the unforgettable conclusion. I was drawn in by the characters, both sympathetic and despicable. This is a great book to recommend to everyone.”
— Barbara Kelly, Portland Bookstore, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
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.
About 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.
Pete Larkin is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and a 2014 Audie Award finalist. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993. An award-winning on-camera host, Pete has worked on many industrial films and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.