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Last Bus to Wisdom

Two Medicine Country - A Novel

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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. 

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 08, 2015 – The pleasures of reading Doig's final novel (he died in April 2015) are bittersweet. His familiar themes are here: love for his native Montana, and his astute observation of and admiration for the tough homesteaders and ranchers who eke out a hardscrabble living. The Double W ranch is once again a backdrop, but much of the action takes place in other western locations, as 11-year-old narrator Donal Cameron (a thinly disguised, youthful Doig) travels to Manitouwoc, Wisc., to stay with a distant relative while his grandmother (who is his guardian; Donal is an orphan) undergoes surgery. Donal is an independent kid, but he's also an adolescent with anxieties and an overactive imagination, propelling him headlong into scrapes. What was to be a simple trip morphs into a picaresque odyssey in which Donal goes on the lam with a man called Herman the German, who has secrets he must hide. Funny, suspenseful, and nostalgic, this is a rollicking tale set during the summer of 1951 as a "dog bus" (aka Greyhound) transports the duo to the legendary Crow Fair ("the tribal heart of the Indian world"), Yellowstone, Butte, and places in between. En route, Donal encounters con artists and scalawags who cheat and steal, and benevolent people hobos and others who offer hope and shelter. Characters introduced early on turn up again later, and when time Donal and Herman squeeze onto the derelict last bus to the town of Wisdom, Mont., where they will work harvesting hay, their travails lead to a happy ending. Though this book lacks the deeper resonance of Doig's previous novels, such as Dancing at the Rascal Fair and his classic nonfiction memoir, This House of Sky, it's nonetheless a heartwarming, memorable story.

Customer Reviews

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!

The best story teller ever

What a great story with the most memorable characters ever. I can't wait to start another Ivan Doig novel.

Last Bus to Wisdom

Loved this book! I've read all of Ivan Doig's books and this one is excellent!

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Last Bus to Wisdom
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 18, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Two Medicine Country
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