Nathan Lochmuller, the sharp-tonged narrator of Brian Kimberling’s engaging debut book of fiction “Snapper,” has a cool job. He’s a birdwatcher. He rambles through the forests of Indiana checking nests, listening for birdsongs, and scribbling down notes. While listening to the call of thrushes or observing the mating habits of the brown-headed cowbird, Nathan reflects on Indiana culture (or lack thereof), pines for his on-again/off-again lover Lola, or awkwardly interacts with lost hunters, stalking Klan members and other wayward souls lurking through the Midwest underbrush.
Not all of his adventures are in the forest. We meet Lochmuller’s wonderfully die-hard Texas relatives who move to Indiana lamenting the loss of the Lone Star State.
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