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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 11-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 people.
©2015  Ivan Doig (P)2015  Recorded Books
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By B.J. on 02-26-16

Such a lovely final book.

Every single time I listen to an Ivan Doig book, I am reminded of his outsize talent. He had such a distinctive way of telling a story - such a comfortable way with words.

I love the details of the west of his childhood and in that regard, this book is similar to his others. And the pacing is distinctively Ivan Doig. In other words, this is not an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Rather it's just a gorgeous, tender story about people in a place and time I'll never know.

I've loved all of his books, but this one in particular is very special and I'm not sure exactly why. It's typical in that it doesn't go in for flash and flare, but stays steady and true. It's also typical in that the characters come to life and hold your interest. In this case, the characters stayed with me for days after the book was over. I wanted them to have the kind of future they deserved.

I'm delighted he wrote so many books in his life time, but I will miss him. Along with Wallace Stegner, he holds a special place in my heart.

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By Jan on 12-02-15

The Last Bus Sends Doig Off In Style

There are only two authors in my library that are masters of nostalgia. Ivan Doig and Stephen King.

In this, Doig's last work, the author gives the reader of glimpse of summer under the wild Montana skies, as told by a boy being raised by his grandmother. Cameron is forced to leave Montana and head east to his Aunt and Uncle's home while his grandmother recovers from an illness.

This coming of age story is about the relationship between a boy and his uncle and the adventure of a lifetime that the two share. This novel, narrated by David Aaron Baker (who narrates"Odd" in the Dean Koontz series) is bittersweet, funny, and smart.

As is typical with Doig, he pulls us in by taking us away. I will miss this author. What a loss to the literary world.

I'm an admittedly picky reader, and didn't put this listen down.

Don't miss it.

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