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The Boy on the Bus
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Meg Landry expected it to be a day like any other — her asthma-stricken eight year-old son would step off the bus, home from school. But on this day, the boy on the bus is not Meg's son — or at least doesn't appear to be. This new boy shares Charlie's copper hair, tea-brown eyes, and slight frame. But, there is something profoundly, if undefinably, different about him. He has a finer nose, his skin is shinier, and his face looks more mature, as if he has grown into being Charlie more than the real Charlie ever did.
In the wake of Meg's quiet alarm, her far-flung family returns home. Yet neither Charlie's father, Jeff, nor his rebellious teenage sister, Katie, can confirm whether this boy is or is not Charlie. They look to Meg for certainty — after all, shouldn't a mother know her own child?
In this daring first novel that will appeal to fans of Shirley Jackson and Margot Livesey, Deborah Schupack probes the depths of a family stretched out along the seams of post-modern, small town life. With the precision of a literary wordsmith and the deftness of a psychological thriller writer, Schupack has crafted an extraordinary tale of a mother's love for her son, and a mystery that may ultimately rip them apart. Tense and atmospheric, this is a rare combination of intellectual sophistication and page-turning readability.
"An impressive debut . . . Schupack announces her presence at the table of writers who deserve to be heard." Kirkus Reviews
"Utterly original . . . preys on a fear that every mother must experience when looking at her son or daughter." Library Journal
With the precision of a literary wordsmith and the deftness of a psychological thriller writer, Schupack has crafted an extraordinary tale of a mother's love for her son, and a mystery that may ultimately rip them apart.
About the Author
Deborah Schupack has taught writing and literature at Vermont College, The New School, and Yale University. Her articles and short fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Gettysburg Review, and Fiction. She lives in New York City.
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