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The Buffalo Soldier (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
The Buffalo Soldier - Audio Cassette - Unabridged Author:Chris Bohjalian, Alison Fraser (Narrator) In the tradition of his #1 New York Times bestselling novel Midwives, Chris Bohjalian returns with a story of love put to the test by a devastating loss and the redemption that can come from the most unexpected places. — Terry and Laura Sheldon experience an especially tragic version of every parent's nightmare. They lose not one but both of ... more »their children, nine-year-old twin girls, when a flash flood thunders through their small Vermont town. Shattered, the two spend a year trying to regain some measure of emotional equilibrium. Physically unable to have more children of their own, they finally decide to take in a foster child, Alfred, a ten-year-old African American boy.
Like life, THE BUFFALO SOLDIER then develops in divergent ways. Terry has a a brief affair with a young woman who becomes pregnant with his child - a child that Terry suddenly realizes he wants desperately. And Alfred, another soul hungry for love, is transformed through a neighbor's friendship and his tales of the Buffalo soldiers, African Americans who served in the cavalry of the American West.
THE BUFFALO SOLDIER is the best kind of Chris Bohjalian novel, a story of a small town and its fundamentally good people trying to overcome the trials of fate and circumstance.
AS with most of this author's books, the ending is the best! There are times i wonder,while reading it, where is he going with this. there are times i do not like that but, i like this author.
Alfred is a black boy,passed thru many many foster homes before he gets with Laura and Terry in rural Vt.These people lost their twin daughters 2 years before in a flood and different ways of grieving has taken its toll on them.
To say much more would give too much away. This book address's family,color,love,grief and redemption. It is a very complex book and deserves a read!
Bohjalian's landscape of Vermont makes you feel like you are there. This book deals with relationships between husband and wife, daughter and mother, brothers, neighbors and children. Decisions are made and strength of the characters are revealed. Fantastic story! This author has not disappointed me at all!
This book is a great story about love, life and belonging. The Buffalo Soldiers weave through the text as a cohesive strand. A couple who has lost twin daughters in a drowning accident fosters a young African American child. Kindly neighbors, a horse named Mesa, and an affair round out this thought-provoking tale.
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Helpful Score: 7
WONDERFUL book. All of the characters were so very realistic, like people I could imagine running into in my daily life (I'm a Vermonter and the book is set here). Intriguing premise and wonderfully executed. Highly recommended!