The Loop

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What to expect

Lyman, a thirty-year-old loner, is sipping coffee on the front steps of the trailer he calls home one morning, when a parrot suddenly alights on his screen door. The parrot arrives with a mysterious past and beak full of cryptic sayings, such as “That which hath wings shall tell the matter.” Convinced that heeding the bird’s wisdom will lead him to answers about himself that he so desperately seeks, Lyman combines his night job as a courtesy patrolman, circling the highway that loops around Fort Worth, with days in the library. Together with Fiona, the loquacious and sexy librarian, he traces his adopted pet’s origins, and while what Lyman ultimately discovers may not help him piece together his own past, it paves the way for a future he never imagined.

Critics Review

  • “Read this book—and feel better while you wait for the world to make sense.”

    New York Times
  • “Impossible to resist.”

    New Yorker
  • “Coomer writes so well, with such freshness and authenticity that we hate to put the book down.”

    Boston Globe
  • “Joe Coomer is a marvelously creative comic writer: Lyman’s lonely, lively mind, his generous and timid spirit, Fiona’s quirky originality, and, of course, the aged parrot who proudly announces, ‘I’m an eagle,’ take the reader on an adventurous, and all too brief, ride around the Fort Worth loop.”

    Washington Times
  • “Funny, briskly paced…heartwarming…A wonderful book.”

    Dallas Morning News
  • “Coomer’s deliciously quirky and perceptive fourth novel…both heartens and satisfies.”

    Publishers Weekly

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