The Loop by Joe Coomer

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Lyman, a thirty-year-old orphan, is sipping coffee on the front steps of the trailer he calls home one morning, when a ninety-year-old parrot arrives with a beakful of cryptic sayings -- such as "That which hath wings shall tell the matter" -- and a mysterious past. Convinced that heeding the bird's wisdom will lead him to answers about himself 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 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.
 

About Joe Coomer

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Joe Coomer is the author of "Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked Joe Coomer is the author of "Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked Joe Coomer is the author of "Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God, The Loop, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water" and an award-God, The Loop, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water" and an award-God, The Loop, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water" and an award-winning book of nonfiction, "Dream House." He lives in Azle,winning book of nonfiction, "Dream House." He lives in Azle,winning book of nonfiction, "Dream House." He lives in Azle, Texas, and Eliot, Maine. Texas, and Eliot, Maine. Texas, and Eliot, Maine.
 
Published February 1, 2002 by Scribner. 212 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The protagonist of Coomer's deliciously quirky and perceptive fourth novel (after A Flatland Fable ) is Lyman, 30, a lovable loner (he has never known his parents) who works nights for the Texas highway department, driving around the Loop that circles Fort Worth.

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