The Buffalo Soldier

By Chris Bohjalian
Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725463, 432pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2003

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Description

With his trademark emotional heft and storytelling skill, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian presents this resonant novel about the formation of an unconventional family–the ties that bind it, and the strains that pull it apart. Two years after their twin daughters died in a flash flood, Terry and Laura Sheldon, a Vermont state trooper and his wife, 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 marriage; 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.




About the Author
Chris Bohjalian is the author of numerous books, many of which have been on the "New York Times" bestseller lists. His novel "Midwives "was an Oprah Book Club pick and a #1 "New York Times" bestseller. His work has been translated into over twenty-five languages.



Praise For The Buffalo Soldier

“In The Buffalo Soldier, Bohjalian proves once again that he's a master novelist.” –The Boston Globe

“Bohjalian plunges [his characters] into a dramatic situation so powerful that even their quiet voices cannot fail to be heard. . . .The Buffalo Soldier is imbued with hope and the possibility for redemption.” –The Washington Post
 
“Bohjalian gives us fine-grained detail and beautifully observed domestic psychology.” –The Los Angeles Times
 
“Beautifully wrought. . . . A moving account of personal strength and the joy of belonging.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“If it's captivating literature you're after, The Buffalo Soldier earns a solid A.” –Entertainment Weekly
 

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