The Bus on Thursday

The Bus on Thursday

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman's post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. It wasn't just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett's life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it. One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being dissected and removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was suddenly deluged with cupcakes, judgy support groups, and her mum knitting sweaters. Luckily, Eleanor discovers Talbingo, a remote little town looking for a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker up and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It's not just the communion-wine-guzzling friar prone to mad rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It's living alone in a remote cabin, with no cell or Internet service, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door and who is knocking on it late at night. Riotously funny, deeply unsettling, and surprisingly poignant, Shirley Barrett's The Bus on Thursday is a wickedly weird, wild ride for fans of Helen Fielding, Maria Semple, and Stephen King."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : MCD x FSG Originals/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780374110444
Branch Call Number: FIC BARRETT, S.
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 20 cm


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Sep 20, 2019

Instead of finding joy and mirth in this novel, I found myself just wanting to finish it. It was short which was to its credit or I probably would have abandoned it. It wasn't awful--it was just pointless. The main character was an unlikeable mess and the story ultimately made no sense, plus I didn't really care. I stuck with it because I was hoping for some kind redeemable ending but there was no resolution, nothing to have warranted my continuing on to the bitter end. I just felt cheated out of my time.

multcolib_karene Dec 05, 2018

Totally enjoyed the snarky, extremely flawed narrator. I knew something bad was coming but what an entertaining way of getting to all of those bad things! One caveat - if you like your book plots all tied up neatly at the end, this is NOT the book for you. And if you've read this book, I'd love to hash out that ending with you!

Oct 01, 2018

Bridget Jones + The Exorcist = The Bus on Thursday. Compulsive, hilarious, and dark I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. The blog-style also helps move the plot and adds to the humor- I'll definitely be reading the next Shirley Barrett novel.


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