Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig is a wonderful coming of age story about an eleven-year-old boy named Donal who lives with his grandmother on a Montana ranch. In need of an operation, Donal’s grandmother packs her old wicker suitcase with his sparse belongings and sends him alone on long bus ride to her controlling sister Kate in Wisconsin.
As soon as Donal begins his long journey the excitement begins and the tales which follow are humorous and touching. With his lucky Indian arrowhead tucked in his pocket, Donal learns it takes all kinds to make a world as he travels far from the cloistered environment of the ranch. He even meets Jack Kerouac!
I am so happy I came upon this book which takes place in 1951. How very different our country was then. Much of the novel takes place in small towns across America and it was a pleasure to read. If you’re looking for a delightful stroll through yesteryear, this is a book I tip my hat to. I wish it had never ended!