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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilarious and heartbreaking, wild and wise, Bill Roorbach’s Life Among Giants, which is earning comparisons to The World According to Garp, is a vivid chronicle of a life lived large.”


  • “A bighearted, big-boned story…Life Among Giants reads like something written by a kinder, gentler John Irving…Roorbach is a humane and entertaining storyteller with a smooth, graceful style.”

    Washington Post

  • “Consistently surprising and truly entertaining…Part thriller, part family drama, Life Among Giants is deliciously strange and deeply affecting.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[A] thrilling indulgence, a tale of opulence, love triangles, and madness, set against a sumptuous landscape of lust and feasts…This is a purely Gatsby-esque portrayal of celebrity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “After their parents’ mysterious murder while they’re still in high school, David Hockmeyer and his older sister, Kate, spend decades attempting to untangle the web of their teenage years to discover the truth in the lies. Pete Larkin narrates in a deep, even voice that conveys the darkness and mystery surrounding the murder and David’s years of trying to make sense of it. But Roorbach delivers far more than a mystery to puzzle the listener. David’s memories of the past, mixed with his present, are full of love and angst, and Larkin expertly navigates through the story, giving each section emphasis. The startling variety of people David meets are all given unique accents. Larkin’s narration builds the suspense and lets Roorbach’s story unravel slowly, making this audiobook one to savor. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Selected for the December 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2012 Amazon Best Books of the Year
  • Winner of the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Fiction
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About the Author

Bill Roorbach is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O’Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend, Into Woods, and Temple Stream. The tenth 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, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and dozens of other magazines and journals.