Bill Roorbach’s next book is The Girl of the Lake, a collection of stories coming from Algonquin in June 2017. Also from Algonquin are The Remedy for Love, a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the bestselling Life Among Giants, which won a Maine Literary Award in 2012. An earlier collection, Big Bend, won the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes in 2000. His memoir in nature, Temple Stream, just released in a new paperback edition by Down East Books, won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction 2005. He’s just been named a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellow.
Bill lives in Maine, with his wife, Juliet Karelsen, who is a visual artist, and their daughter, Elysia Roorbach, an aspiring ballerina and full-time teen.
“I’m not sure there’s another American writing today who can lay down a love story, or any story, with the depth and appeal and freshness of Bill Roorbach.” — Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars
“[Roorbach] seems to relish creating lushly bold biographies for his characters, then getting the shading right—carefully applying depth and warmth and pathos and strange tenderness.” — The New York Times Book Review
“Roorbach is as raw and engaged a writer as you’ll ever read . . . He rivals James Baldwin in his ability to miraculously open up rivers of male sentiment.” — Los Angeles Weekly