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The Buffalo Soldier
The Buffalo Soldier
Author: Chris Bohjalian
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 hi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375725463
ISBN-10: 0375725466
Publication Date: 2/25/2003
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 144 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 13
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!
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Helpful Score: 11
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!
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Helpful Score: 11
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!
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Helpful Score: 5
This is a moving story about living through grief and making a new family. By the author of Midwives, another good one.
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I wasn't as thrilled with this book as I had hoped. There were times when I had considered putting it down and not picking it up again. I wanted Laura and Terry to be more substantial, to show more growth. Instead they remained stagnant until the climax. I found the ending nice but too simplistic.