When this novel came out last November, it garnered all kinds of comparisons to THE GREAT GATSBY. However, that comparison does not do justice to the originality of this work. Protagonist and narrator David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is one of the more memorable characters to come out of recent fiction, and, when his parents are murdered in front of him, it sets off a chain of events somehow involving the mysterious ballerina who lives across the lake from him. This is a story about obsession, revenge, family, and cooking. Spanning decades and overflowing with a cast of peculiar characters, LIFE AMONG GIANTS is not quite like anything else on this list. If you loved THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, check this one out! --Keaton
Indie Next ListDecember 2012
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
This funny, exuberant novel captures the reader with the grand sweep of seven-foot-tall David Lizard Hochmeyer s larger-than-life quest to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents deaths. It s a journey laden with pro football stars, a master chef and his beautiful transvestite lover, a world-famous ballerina and her English rocker husband, and a sister who s as brilliant as she is unstable. A wildly entertaining, plot-twisting novel of murder, seduction, and revenge rich in incident, expansive in character, and lavish in setting "Life Among Giants"is an exhilarating adventure.
Editors pick for Amazon s Best of 2012
"Shelf Awareness"Top Ten Best Fiction of 2012
"Columbus Dispatch" s Top Books of 2012