Loop Group

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Maggie Clary mourns the life she has symbolically left behind. Even though she proves to herself that she can still compete as a foxy lady and as a well-connected Hollywood businesswoman, despondency settles over her cheerful spirit and resourceful attitude.

Besides feeling empty, Maggie ironically feels burdened with responsibility. Her grown daughters, while eager to support her in this slump, still call her with every small family crisis. Her loop group members, adept at dubbing sound in the movies they specialize in, depend on her to organize their lives and provide the necessary cash. Her best friend, Connie, dumped by yet another boyfriend, virtually moves in.

Maggie seeks escape with some new strategies and some old. She buys a tent and camps in the backyard; she seduces her psychiatrist; she gives up her loop group business; she persuades Connie to take a crazy road trip. Still the losses accumulate, and Maggie slips into depression.

Through the years Connie and Maggie have shared their life experiences-- adolescent loves and adult lovers, boyfriends and cads, husbands and children, and the exciting world of movies and Hollywood. Sometimes a burden, sometimes a joy, Connie now keeps them afloat as Maggie takes to her bed. On the comeback, Maggie finds her charming self has shaped some good fortune that enables her to pay her bills, restore her business, and dress her and Connie in dazzling new outfits. Their good spirits return.

In Loop Group’s Maggie and Connie, Larry McMurtry creates zany, believable females living in the aura of Hollywood. He presents a joyous portrayal of female friendship in Maggie and Connie who whether silly, sad, funny, or mad, support and cheer each other through life.