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The Buffalo Soldier: A Novelby Chris Bohjalian
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<P>From the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of <I>Midwives</I> and <I>Trans-Sister Radio</I> comes a hauntingly beautiful story of the ties that bind families — and the strains that pull them apart.</P><P>In northern Vermont, a raging river overflows its banks and sweeps the nine-year-old twin daughters of Terry and Laura Sheldon to their deaths. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the highway patrolman and his wife, unable to have more children, take in a foster child: a ten-year-old African-American boy who has been shuttled for years between foster families and group homes. Young Alfred cautiously enters the Sheldon family circle, barely willing to hope that he might find a permanent home among these kind people still distracted by grief.</P><P>Across the street from the Sheldons live an older couple who take Alfred under their wing, and it is they who introduce him to the history of the buffalo soldiers — African-American cavalry troopers whose reputation for integrity, honor, and personal responsibility inspires the child.</P><P>Before life has a chance to settle down, however, Terry, who has never been unfaithful to Laura, finds himself attracted to the solace offered by another woman. Their encounter, brief as it is, leaves her pregnant with his baby — a child Terry suddenly realizes he urgently wants.</P><P>From these fitful lives emerges a lyrical and richly textured story, one that explores the meaning of marriage, the bonds between parents and children, and the relationships that cause a community to become a family. But <I>The Buffalo Soldier</I> is also a tale of breathtaking power and profound moral complexity — and exactly the sort of novel readers have come to expect from Chris Bohjalian.</P>
The devastating loss of their children, twin girls, in a flash flood turns the lives of Terry and Laura Sheldon upside down as their marriage is tested by grief, Terry's brief love affair with a young woman who became pregnant, and their growing relationship with their foster child, Alfred, a ten-year-old African-American boy who finds meaning in a neighbor's tales of the buffalo soldiers, African-Americans who served in the cavalry of the American West. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
With his trademark emotional heft and storytelling skill, bestselling
About the Author
Chris Bohjalian is the author of eight novels, including Midwives (a Publishers Weekly Best Book), Trans-Sister Radio, The Law of Similars, and Water Witches. He has won the New England Book Award as well as a New England Booksellers Association Discovery title. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
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