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What Would You Think If I Sang Out of Tune

 CONGRATULATIONS BILL (old friend, great writer, sweet as pineapple) ROORBACH

on the publication of:

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR LIFE AMONG GIANTS:

Publishers Weekly

“[A] thrilling indulgence, a tale of opulence, love triangles, and madness, set against a sumptuous landscape of lust and feasts . . . This is a purely Gatsbyesque portrayal of celebrity; David and Sylphide inhabit a galaxy of stars, each more blinding and destructive than the next, drawing intrigue and violence into their orbits.”

 

 

 

Booklist
“Roorbach has created a memorable narrator who possesses the disarming frankness of Holden Caulfield and whose rapid-fire delivery and cutting characterizations expertly shift between memories and the present moment…This is one of those novels you read because you care about what happens to the people and the connections between them as those connections grow, fray, and snap. By turns surreal and gritty, the book is written with the same muscular grace possessed by the dancers and athletes who are its main characters.”

Shelf Awareness
“[A] novel of extravagant imagination…the story, skirting preciousness, and skillfully uses significant objects and nicknames as plot talismans…Similar to the work of John Fowles, Life Among Giants contains flashes of fantasy and obsession, though thankfully without the frustration of a pick-your-outcome finish. With Lizard, the story’s path all the way down the field is in safe hands.”

Kirkus Reviews
“With memories of people tangled “in a hopeless knot,” David “Lizard” Hochmeyer attempts to unravel the Gordian in Roorbach’s latest novel. . . .[An] exotic, eye-catching cast. . . . sparkling characters . . . A narrative threaded through with corruption and an appreciable number of love stories.”

“LIFE AMONG GIANTS is a sprawling, exuberant novel filled with murder and lust and, mostly, love. Bill Roorbach is a writer with enormous vision and an even more enormous heart.” —Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread

“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 book that’s big in the best of ways, LIFE AMONG GIANTS strolls effortlessly across several recent American decades, guiding a big-eyed reader through worlds of football, ballet, murder, fine food, investment fraud, gaudy wealth, murder again, international intrigue, and suspense, all the while staying within the tight limits of a family saga that rings universal. Bill Roorbach has delivered his award-winning writing talents in one big bunch. Hollywood will come calling.”  —Clyde Edgerton, author of Killer Diller

You can order a copy here. You can read Bill’s blog here. And you can leave a comment here, too.

 

19 Responses

  1. congratulations to all involved

  2. Sounds like my kind of book from the first pages. Ordered! Congratulations to you both. And wow, the John Fowles comparison.

  3. Sounds incredible…it is on the list. Congratulations!

  4. Bravo for Bill. I look forward to reading it.

  5. That’s exactly what color he is! Extreme Caucasian with hypertension living the outdoor life. Is the name of that color. He’s a great writer and deserves major accolades and dough. Especially dough.

  6. Congratulations, Bill! Liking the blog too.

  7. A hearty congrats.Love the blog too.

  8. You had me with the book cover. Mushroom! Now I’m going back to read the review.

  9. Just ordered his WRITING LIFE STORIES. Thanks for the introduction and congratulations.

  10. Dammit! Now, I’m backlogged by even one more book to read…!

    A serious congratulations to all who were part of this.

  11. What a gorgeous cover. Congratulations, Bill.

  12. Looks fantastic. I can think of at least two people who will love it at a glance… looking forward to reading it as well! Congratulations!

  13. And congratulations for being named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2012!

  14. Congratulations, Bill. And I like your blog.

  15. Very nice! Love the title. Congrats all around!

  16. Looks great. Just purchased it on my Kindle. Congratulations on the whole thing.

  17. Just in time to put on my holiday list. Congrats!

  18. Okay, I’m intrigued. Knowing a little about both football and ballet, I’m especially curious to find out how well those worlds are rendered. Added it to my Amazon wish list so I can remember it, though I’ll try also to remember that Betsy gave a link to the IndieBound website for buying it.

  19. Any book recommended by the wonderful Ann Hood has to be worth reading!

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