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Pocketful of Names

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Joe Coomer
Inhabiting an island off the coast of Maine, left to her by her great-uncle Arno, Hannah finds her life as a dedicated and solitary artist rudely interrupted one summer when a dog, matted with feathers and seaweed, arrives with the tide. He is only the first of a series of unexpected visitors and is soon followed by a teenager running from an abusive father, a half sister in trouble, a mainland family, and a forlorn trapped whale. In the engrossing drama that unfolds, Hannah's love of her island solitude competes with her instinctive compassion for others.

In this booksellers' favorite and a two-time Book Sense pick, now available in paperback, Coomer offers the rugged yet stunning beauty of Maine and the lobstermen and their families who are dependent on the sea for survival. Pocketful of Names is a deeply human tale about the unpredictability of nature, art, family, and the flotsam and jetsam that comprise our lives.

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"Coomer is clearly an author of serious talent."—The Washington Post Book World

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Joe  Coomer
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Joe Coomer is the author of One Vacant Chair, Pocketful of Names, Apologizing to Dogs, Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God, The Loop, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water, and Dream House. He lives in Texas and Maine.
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  • “The rhythms of coastal life weave in and out of the family relationships and personal dramas in this enjoyable tale.”—Library Journal
  • “Joe Coomer is that rare writer who subtly seduces the reader…We are drawn in, focused, taken by the tale.”—Maine Sunday Telegram
  • “Beautifully written and atmospheric, with a bit of Coomer’s trademark humor, Pocketful of Names will sweep you up and leave you thinking.”—Portsmouth Herald (NH)
  • “Readers drawn to quirky stories about loners, eccentrics, family secrets, odd coincidences, heartwarming moments (both comic and tragic) and a heavy dose of metaphor find Coomer.”—Bangor Daily News (ME)
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