The Buffalo Soldier

The Buffalo Soldier

Book - 2003
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With his trademark emotional heft and storytelling skill, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian presents a resonant novel about the unconventional family that forms after Terry and Laura Sheldon, a Vermont storm trooper and his wife grieving the loss of their twin daughters, take in a foster child. 

His name is Alfred; he is ten years old and African American. And he has passed through so many indifferent families that he can't believe that his new one will last.

In the ensuing months Terry and Laura will struggle to emerge from their shell of grief only to face an unexpected threat to their marria≥ Terry's involvement with another woman. Meanwhile, Alfred cautiously enters the family circle, and befriends an elderly neighbor who inspires him with the story of the buffalo soldiers, the black cavalrymen of the old West. Out of the entwining and unfolding of their lives, The Buffalo Soldier creates a suspenseful, moving portrait of a family, infused by Bohjalian's moral complexity and narrative assurance.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 9780375725463
0375725466
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 21 cm

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carolinevig5 Jun 18, 2015

Once again, Chris Bohjalian brings a beautiful and heartwarming story. What makes his writing so spectacular is that he is such a good observer, making even the most mundane things seem so eloquent.

bosco714 Apr 15, 2013

This was a very touching story and I appreciated that you really got to feel what a foster child goes through.

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