"Life Among Giants" by Bill Roorbach, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 331 pages, $24.95.
David "Lizard" Hochmeyer and his sister, Kate, are coping with the murder of their parents. They live across the lake from a mansion that is home to a famous ballerina Sylphide and her rock star husband Dabney Stryker-Stewart. He dies in a car crash.
In 1970 Nicky Hochmeyer, their father, was arrested for financial felonies. He agreed to turn state's witness, which could have led to his murder. Lizard gets a football scholarship and turns pro. Kate, a student at Yale, is mentally unstable.
This is a book that I really wanted to like, but I didn't. It is too far-fetched, the plot is long and drawn out and I didn't care about the characters. If Roorbach could have reined in his story it would have been much better.
"A Winter Dream" by Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster, 267 pages, $19.99.
This is based on the story of Joseph and his colorful coat.
Joseph Jacobson, the 12th of 13 children, is his father's favorite. They all work for their father's advertising company. Joseph's brothers are jealous and force him from the company. Because he is moving from Colorado to Chicago his fiancee breaks up with him. Joseph's ideas come from dreams.
This has little emotions, even with Joseph being forced out of the family business. It is predictable and falls flat.