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Macmillan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) Fall 2018

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The Bus on Thursday
A Novel
By (author): Shirley Barrett
9780374110444 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Horror Sep 18, 2018 Print Run: 10000
$19.50 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.54 x 0.81 in | 210 gr 304 pages Farrar Straus & Giroux MCD x FSG Originals

"A horror novel about a breast cancer survivor told in the voice of your funniest but most anxious friend,The Bus on Thursday is an appealing mix of genres that is both fluffy and deeply affecting at the same time." —Maris Kreizman,Vulture

"Funny, angry, feminist . . . [Barrett is] a masterly world-builder." —Melissa Maerz,The New York Times Book Review

Bridget Jones meetsThe 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 bydemons. 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’sThe Bus on Thursday is a wickedly weird, wild ride for fans of Helen Fielding, Maria Semple, and Stephen King.

Shirley Barrett is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. She is the author ofRush Oh!and has written and directed three feature films and worked extensively as a director in television. Barrett was born in Melbourne and lives in Sydney, Australia.

ABookRiotBest Horror Book of 2018
AVultureEditor's Pick

"Funny, angry, feminist . . . [Barrett is] a masterly world-builder."—Melissa Maerz,The New York Times Book Review

"A horror novel about a breast cancer survivor told in the voice of your funniest but most anxious friend,The Bus on Thursday is an appealing mix of genres that is both fluffy and deeply affecting at the same time."—Maris Kreizman,Vulture

"Barrett’s novel abounds with a steadily advancing dread, even as it's tempered by bursts of bleak humor. The result is a subtly unnerving novel with a sinister climax, and some imagery that's hard to forget."—Tobias Carroll,Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"A romp through literary horror, packed with the stunning images that one might expect from a writer who is also a director. But it also gives life to the crushing reality of a cancer patient?—?the anger, the grief, the crazy-making self-blame.The Bus on Thursday elegantly rides along the edges of these issues."—Joseph Scapellato,Electric Literature

"A horror novel about a breast cancer survivor told in the voice of your funniest but most anxious friend,The Bus on Thursday is an appealing mix of genres that is both fluffy and deeply affecting at the same time."Vulture

"Your heart will go out to the eccentric, self-destructive Eleanor, whose sharply witty narration is a superb companion ot the weird world of Talbingo."People

"Ingenuously exploits folk horror conventions . . . Funny and harrowingly honest."Toronto Star

"Brilliant . . . A darkly funny tale."—Eithne Farry,Mail on Sunday

"Thrillingly original and wildly funny. A slippery narrative keeps you guessing what's really going on with a sharply witty narration."—Deirdre O'Brien,Sunday Mirror

"The Bus on Thursday takes the 19th century literary conceit of a woman going mad in the face of repressive social expectations and updates it with brio for the 21st century."—Claire Allfree,Metro UK

"Delightfully bizarre . . . Eleanor Mellet steps straight out of a chick-lit plot line into WICKER MAN-type horror . . . This book deserves to find its (cult) audience. For readers who enjoy their horror elegantly twisted."Library Journal,starred review

"Narrated by a cybercentury Wife of Bath, this bawdy tale suspends both our disbelief and our scruples."Kirkus

"With her snarky wit and old-school horror style, Barrett has mastered the art of the small-town gothic — perfect for readers who like their horror to straddle the nebulous border between the real and the otherworldly. Hilarious, bizarre, and absolutely terrifying,The Bus on Thursday reads like the Lovecraftian love child of Shirley Jackson and Stephen King!"

"The Bus on Thursdayis a delirious, exhilarating ride that you can't predict and you won't forget. LikeRosemary's Babyrecast with Bridget Jones, it will make you laugh and make you gasp. What more could you possibly want?"—Adam Sternbergh, author ofThe Blinds

"I don't know that I've read a book before that made me laugh out loud while remaining totally unnerved, butThe Bus on Thursdaydoes just that. It's a novel overrun with a rapidly metastasizing host of unreliable outbursts, odd characters and suspicious events. I'd willingly bear witness to any world through sociopathic Eleanor's eyes."—Jac Jemc, author ofThe Grip of It

"Bursting with raucous energy, while anchored in seriousness,The Bus on Thursday is an intoxicating horror-humor romp.”—Jeff VanderMeer, author ofBorne andThe Southern Reach Trilogy

“Shirley Barrett has crafted a quirky, one-of-a-kind, wild ride of a novel with demons, kangaroos, a missing schoolteacher, a remote town where things are strangely off-kilter, and a wonderfully bizarre cast of characters.The Bus on Thursday is a darkly funny and deeply unsettling novel you’ll devour in one sitting.” —Jennifer McMahon, author ofThe Winter People

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