“Life Among Giants is SUCH A SURPRISE: an operatic novel of grand emotions and grand events, a story about murder, money and madness but also the worlds of dance, food, sports, and romance, all experienced at their over-the-top best. No one writes pleasure quite like Bill Roorbach.” —Debra Spark, author of Good for the Jews
"A soapy and THRILLING INDULGENCE, a tale of opulence, love triangles, and madness, set against a sumptuous landscape of lust and feasts..." --Publisher's Weekly, 9/10/2012
David “Lizard” Hochmeyer lives across the pond from The High Side, a mansion the size of an embassy, home to the world famous ballerina Sylphide and her even more famous husband, the English rocker Dabney Stryker-Stewart.
When Lizard’s parents are mysteriously killed, he and his brilliant but unstable sister, Kate, are left adrift and full of questions. Lizard’s path to answers is more than circuitous; it’s a journey laden with pro football stars, a master chef tattooed head to toe, and a beautiful transvestite. It’s a path that leads back, again and again, to the fabulous couple on the other side of the pond, particularly the beautiful Sylphide.
We follow young Lizard through the years as he attempts to make sense of his world and his past. And what a varied and giant life it is: from football star at Princeton to Miami Dolphins quarterback, from confidant of the alluring Sylphide 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 the killers.
A funny and exuberant novel that captures the reader with the grand sweep of Lizard's life and his generous spirit, LIFE AMONG GIANTS is an exhilarating ride. [--flap copy from the cover]