I discovered what the buffalo soldiers were about in the war and this tender story touched my heart.
Surprisingly touching. Those with a fondness for alternate stories of WWII, those that concern things other than Pearl Harbor or the Holocaust, will find this interesting, with mostly well-developed characters and a current of mystery running throughout.
I though the book looked good, and told my highschool son(who I am having a hard time to get to read lately) to at least read the first chapter, and he was hooked, and didn't put it down until he read the whole book. There is some offensive language, but that is how they talked.
From the inside Jacket: Inspired by a historical incident that took place in the village of St. Anna di Stazzema in Tuscany and by the experiences of the famed Buffalo Soldiers of the 92cd Division in Italy during World War II, Miracle at St. Anna is a singular evocation of war, cruelty, passion, heroism, and love. It is the story of four American soldiers, the villagers among whom they take refuge, a band of partisans, and an Italian boy, all of whom encounter a miracle_though perhaps the true miracle lies in themselves.
Traversing class, race and geography, Miracle at St. Anna is above all a hymn to the brotherhood of man and the power to do good that lives in each of us. IT reveals a little-known but fascinating moment in history through the eyes and imagination of a gifted writer. Like The Color of Water, James McBride's stunning first novel will change the way we perceive ourselves and the world.
Moving and touching World War II novel.
Amazing read - would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in WWII to read.