Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach
Essentially this is a mystery: who shot Lizard’s parents and why? It is also a complex story about family, fame and love (or something like it). Two of the major characters are larger than life. One is David Hochmeyer a.k.a. Lizard – when we meet him he is seventeen and almost seven feet tall. The other is Sylphide, a tiny, world-reknown ballerina who lives in the mansion across the pond from Lizard’s house.
The structure will not appeal to those who prefer their stories completely linear. The novel starts with the murders and then shoots into the future, then way into the past and then to the present. These chunks each reveal more about what was going on between these two families, interwoven in unexpected ways. It is well-crafted, but I found myself wanting more mystery, less relationships.