Riding the Bus with My Sister

Riding the Bus with My Sister

by

Rachel Simon

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Vera Character Analysis

Vera is one of Beth’s aides—she works for the agency that runs Beth’s support programs, and she takes various different positions over the years. During the year when Rachel visits Beth, Vera’s job is to check in on Beth several times a week and help her with daily tasks like food shopping. She also educates Rachel about self-determination and has a mild stroke (but quickly recovers) at the end of the book.
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Vera Character Timeline in Riding the Bus with My Sister

The timeline below shows where the character Vera appears in Riding the Bus with My Sister. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. January: The Journey
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...life learning to hide her quirks, while Beth has embraced them. At the meeting, Beth’s aides—Vera, Amber, and Olivia—talk Rachel through Beth’s finances, health, and personal life. She receives $527 monthly... (full context)
21. August: The Loner
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...regardless of what other people think is best for her. For instance, when Rachel and Vera drive Beth to the supermarket, she insists on only buying $50 worth of food, even... (full context)
36. January: Beyond the Limits of the Sky
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The meeting is in Beth’s apartment, and Vera is absent because she recently had a stroke. Rachel worries about what will happen to... (full context)
37. A Year and a Half Later: The Miracle Maker
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...the ups and downs in her life, like a recent surgery. So have Jesse, Olivia, Vera, and the drivers. (full context)