Why did I love this book?
The Bus on Thursday introduces the reader to Eleanor Mellett who, after recovering from breast cancer, travels to a remote town in Australia to teach primary school. The horrors that ensue are both hilarious and terrifying. From a new lover who fights kangaroos in the middle of the night to body parts in the local lake, it is a wild ride. One that reveals the horrors of an isolated small town just as much as it does the potential horrors of the kind of isolation that a cancer diagnosis or experience can cause. Bartlett’s voice is one of the strongest I’ve read in quite some time—she writes with energy and venom, creating a fairly unlikable main character that the reader can’t help but entangle themselves with.