Life Among Giants

By Bill Roorbach
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781616203245, 352pp.)

Publication Date: August 2013

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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.




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.


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  1. Who are the giants of the title? Is Lizard one of them, or is he merely an observer and chronicler? What is life among these giants like for Lizard? How have they steered his life? And how has he resisted them?

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