The Boy on the Bus Schupack's debut novel is at once familiar and eerie, like discovering a bird fluttering recklessly about your living room. On an ordinary day, Meg meets… The Boy on the Bus Schupack's debut novel is at once familiar and eerie, like discovering a bird fluttering recklessly about your living room. On an ordinary day, Meg meets… Fiction The Free Press
Book Review

The Boy on the Bus (2014)

The Boy on the Bus | GET ON BOARD Schupack's debut novel ''Bus'' is on the write track
GET ON BOARD Schupack's debut novel ''Bus'' is on the write track
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: Deborah Schupack; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: The Free Press

Schupack's debut novel is at once familiar and eerie, like discovering a bird fluttering recklessly about your living room. On an ordinary day, Meg meets the returning school bus and finds an 8-year-old who looks like her son, but isn't. The new Charlie is stiffly polite, a tad more complete. And he's lost the debilitating asthma that plagued Meg's boy. Has the care-weary Meg, estranged from Charlie's father, exhausted by mothering, willed this perfect boy into being...or is she refusing to accept a son who no longer needs her? Did Charlie disappear to reunite his family...or did they reunite because Charlie disappeared? The Boy on the Bus is a chillingly twisty psychological drama about love and need -- one that turns on itself as seamlessly as an elegant Escher.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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