Bill Roorbach is the author of Lucky Turtle and five previous books of fiction, including The Girl of the Lake, the Kirkus Prize finalist The Remedy for Love, the bestselling Life Among Giants, and the Flannery O’Connor Award–winning collection Big Bend.
His memoir in nature, Temple Stream, won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction. Roorbach has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He held the William H. P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
His craft book, Writing Life Stories, has been in print for twenty-five years. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Ploughshares, Granta, Ecotone, New York Magazine, and other publications.
Roorbach lives in Maine with his family.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Bill Roorbach’s book Lucky Turtle and Wyn Cooper’s book Way out West both take us out in the West.
In Lucky Turtle, sixteen-year-old Cindra Zoeller is sent to a reform camp in Montana after being involved in an armed robbery, she is thrust into a world of mountains and cowboys and prayers and miscreants and people from all walks of life like she’s never seen in suburban Massachusetts.
Way Out West, set in the stark and beautiful landscapes of Nevada and Arizona, is a wild ride through the complicated worlds of moviemaking, love, drugs, and spying.