The Loop

The Loop

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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 mysterious past and beakful 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433260285
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JOE COOMER is the author of Apologizing to Dogs, Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water, and an award-winning book of nonfiction, Dream House. He lives in Azle, Texas and Eliot, Maine.

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award-winner, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer. He has gone on to perform at the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Loop 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a total surprise for me. I bought it because it said NY Times Notable book and now I can see why. It has a rare quality of combining human suffering with redemption and humor. This book will remain in my mind for a long time.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lyman works nights, driving around and around the Loop that circles Ft. Worth, assisting drivers with stalled cars, removing suitcases and furniture and other things fallen from a moving car, burying dead animals that wandered into the path of cars.As a hobby, he takes college classes, classes of a practical nature, delving into languages, and discovering how to repair plumbing, and learning first aid. Then a parrot flies into his trailer and, with the help of an equally flawed college librarian, Lyman sets off in search of the bird's owner. Or, as we soon discover, the bird's many, many previous owners.I loved this little story of a lonely man who connects with a lost bird and a zany librarian.
erinclark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lyman, our main character has been on cautious hold most of his life. He is an orphan whose parents were killed in a car accident which he survived as an infant. He has no idea who he really is but unwittingly begins a journey of self discovery when one day a parrot finds him sitting outside his trailer, a trailer that doesn't move. The parrot has QUITE the vocabulary and as he and his new and quirky girlfriend Fiona the librarian track down the parrots origins by using the odd and sometimes vulgar phrases the parrot often blurts out, he finally begins to live outside of himself. He joins the human race as a participant rather than just an observer. Highly recommended.
sharlene_w on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quirky, sensitive story of a Fort Worth man who circles the city's loop late at night cleaning up debris, dead animals, etc. and helping stranded motorists. Orphaned in a tragic accident when a small baby and unable to find his own roots, he is compelled to track down all previous owners of a parrot he finds one day and find meaning behind the things the parrot can say. In his quest, he finds himself and love. I listened to audio format and found the narrator a bit annoying, particularly when attempting to speak for Fiona, but the strength of the story and characters prevailed. I was impressed with the dedication of Lyman and the lessons he taught about compassion, perserverance, and commitment.
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