The Wayward Bus travels through the backroads of the lush
California countryside, transporting the lost and the lonely to new
destinations. Juan Chicoy is at the wheel, a man of the land,
hot-blooded and uninhibited. His passengers include Ernest, a
travelling salesman out for fun, seventeen-year-old Kit, also known
as Pimples, and Camille the stripper who dances at stag nights and
takes the star-struck young Norma under her wing. This powerful and
unsentimental novel becomes a story of crisis and passion, love and
longing, as the travellers reveal their secrets and journey away
from their pasts and towards, possibly, the promise of the future.
The Wayward Bus, with its profound insight into human desires and
failings, remains one of Steinbeck's most powerful novels.