“A bravura performance."

A letter to the reader from GIANTS editor Kathy Pories

Dear Reader,

Once in a great while, an author creates a protagonist so memorable that the character takes his place in the American consciousness—from Rabbit Angstrom to T.S Garp to Frank Bascombe. To this great lineage of larger-than-life American heroes, Algonquin introduces David “Lizard” Hochmeyer. And I don’t just mean larger than life in size, although Lizard stands nearly seven feet tall. No, this is the sort of character whose life is so involving, whose essential nature is so flawed and yet so lovable, that he won my heart immediately, and soon thereafter, the hearts of everyone else in-house. LIFE AMONG GIANTS is a colorful and exuberant novel that captures the reader with both the grand sweep of Lizard’s life and his generous spirit.

We follow young Lizard after he loses his parents in a mysterious murder, and then through the years as he attempts to make sense of his world and his past. And what a varied and giant life it is: football star at Princeton to Miami Dolphins quarterback, from confidant of the world's most famous ballerina to owner and chef of a high-end restaurant—and all the while haunted by his parents' murders and determined to wreak his revenge--if only he can find their killers.

For years, Bill Roorbach has been winning the affection of the media—he’s been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Granta, and New York magazine. His story “Big Bend” was not only an O’Henry prize winner, but was read on NPR’s prestigious Selected Shorts.

Sometimes as an editor, I feel incredibly lucky to do what I do. Having the opportunity to publish Bill Roorbach’s novel, after I’d followed and admired his work for so many years, was one of those very lucky moments. I’m thrilled to be introducing you to Lizard Hochmeyer.

All best wishes,
Kathy Pories
Senior Editor