Loop Group by Larry McMurtry
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In perhaps his finest contemporary novel since Terms of Endearment, Larry McMurtry, with his miraculously sure touch at creating instantly recognizable women characters and his equally miraculous sharp eye for the absurdities of everyday life in the modern West, writes about two women, old friends, who set off on an adventure -- with unpredictable and sometimes hilarious results.

As Loop Group opens, we meet Maggie, whose three grown-up daughters have arrived at her Hollywood home to try and make her see sense about her busy life, a life that intersects with lots of interesting -- all right, bizarre -- people. Her daughters push her into having a few second thoughts about it, and these are reinforced when her best friend, Connie, seeks an escape from her own world of complex and difficult relationships with men. Maggie conceives the idea of driving to visit her Aunt Cooney's ranch near Electric City, Texas, and the two women prepare for the trip by buying a .38 Special revolver (which leads to unexpected trouble along the way). This road trip will end by changing their lives.

Alternately hilariously funny and profoundly sad -- even tragic -- Loop Group is a major Larry McMurtry novel and a joy to read.
 

About Larry McMurtry

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Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.
 
Published May 24, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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Best friends since sixth grade and now they're hitting sixty, these two foxy Hollywood working girls. Their friendship is the heart of McMurtry's larky latest, fizzy enough to keep the fans happy.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Loop Group: A Novel

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Larry McMurtry's heroines, past their sixth decade, are still packing lip gloss and cruising studs.

Jan 02 2005 | Read Full Review of Loop Group: A Novel

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Larry McMurtry's heroines, past their sixth decade, are still packing lip gloss and cruising studs.

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In Larry McMurtry's latest foray into foxy menopausal adventure, a feisty heroine goes on an old girls' road trip to get her groove back.

Dec 14 2004 | Read Full Review of Loop Group: A Novel

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Larry McMurtry's heroines, past their sixth decade, are still packing lip gloss and cruising studs.

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Larry McMurtry's heroines, past their sixth decade, are still packing lip gloss and cruising studs.

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In his 28th novel, Pulitzer-winner McMurtry again displays his knack for compelling characters and plots, this time as two women of a certain age take a road trip through Texas. Sixty-year-old wido

Nov 08 2004 | Read Full Review of Loop Group: A Novel

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In this somewhat scattered narrative, 60-year-old Maggie Clary wonders if she will ever truly feel like herself again, now that she's had a hysterectomy. True, she still runs a successful compa

Feb 07 2005 | Read Full Review of Loop Group: A Novel

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LOOP GROUP is not only a vehicular journey across.

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Elinor Lipman (2003): 4 of 5 Stars Sept/Oct 2003.

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