Last bus to Wisdom

Ivan Doig

Large print - 2016

Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate -- bossy, opinionated, argumentative,... and tyrannical -- is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German, and Donal can't seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate decides to pack him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But to Donal's surprise, he's not traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way.

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Subjects
Genres
Road fiction
Bildungsromans
Published
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press 2016.
Edition
Large print edition
Language
English
Physical Description
713 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781410480262
1410480267
Main Author
Ivan Doig (author)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rejected by his domineering great-aunt during the summer of 1951, imaginative eleven-year-old Donal travels back to his ailing grandmother's home accompanied by his German great-uncle while experiencing haphazard adventures along the way.