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Publisher Description

Named a Best Book of the Year by the Seattle Times and Kirkus Review

The final novel from a great American storyteller.

Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan 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  packs him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But as it turns out, Donal isn’t 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.

Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers. 

Fiction & Literature
August 18
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Books I've read ,

Brought me back to a simpler time

Got a taste of many areas as The last bus to Wisdom - traveled thru the country side with its colorful characters!

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The Last Bus to Wisdom

Do not pass this book up-it is worth full price! Ivan Doig is a good writer and wonderful story teller conjuring up great visions of the country side and memorable characters. It was one of those reads I actually at times had to put down and foolishly sit and laugh and smile at his turn of phrase. This will not be your first Doig read and hopefully will lead you to others like Wm Stegner.

The highlife! ,

Last Bus to Wisdom.

Doig is always delightful but this is a gem. Sweet, Magical, funny and heartbreaking. Superbly satisfying to the very last breath. Masterful!

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