The Buffalo Soldier

The Buffalo Soldier With his trademark emotional heft bestselling author Bohjalian presents a resonant novel about a troubled couple who adopt a black child The Buffalo Soldier creates a suspenseful moving portrait of

  • Title: The Buffalo Soldier
  • Author: Chris Bohjalian
  • ISBN: 9780613709101
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With his trademark emotional heft, bestselling author Bohjalian presents a resonant novel about a troubled couple who adopt a black child The Buffalo Soldier creates a suspenseful, moving portrait of a family, infused by moral complexity and narrative assurance.

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    About “Chris Bohjalian

    • Chris Bohjalian

      Follow Chris Bohjalian on to see what s on the nightstand Chris is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books Chris s work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies Midwives, Secrets of Eden, and Past the Bleachers The Flight Attendant lands March 13, 2018 Chris s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St Louis Post Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.Awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers the New England Book Award Russia s Soglasie Concord Award for The Sandcastle Girls a Boston Public Library Literary Light a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Sister Radio and the Anahid Literary Award Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick Chris is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude of Amherst College, and has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.



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    • Grief-stricken over the drowning deaths of their twin daughters two years back, Laura and Terry take on a black foster son named Alfred in rural Vermont. Laura has been in a trance-like state since the drownings and believes the boy can help them, or at least her. Unfortunately, Terry thinks the same, that the boy is more for her sake than his. Therein lies the root of an emerging chasm in their marriage. Terry doesn't think he needs this boy nor does he make much effort to get to know or like h [...]



    • I hate to let a "c'monally?" ending take away from what is otherwise a lush and engaging portrayal of a foster family's shuffling progress. I can't imagine a foster child story that doesn't explore the theme of how disparate people become a family, but Bohjalian takes it a step further. He explores not only how a young child and parent come to be a family, but how one's needs as an adult child, spouse, sibling, or grandparent aren't always met by the person who "should" fill that role. The chara [...]


    • I found this book a bit slow to get into at first. There is a lot of backstory and a lot of description, which is nice -- but once I'm already invested in a story. I didn't really start caring about the characters until at least halfway through, and then I was mad at the dumb choices some of the characters had made. However, I really wanted to know how everything worked out for everyone by the end, so I started really getting into it by the last third of the book.I have a few quibbles with the n [...]


    • The blurb was off-putting, but I am reading from the bottom of my TBR pile, and I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing earth shattering, but a decent read.


    • I had avoided this book since it was given to me a few years back, from a suspect source and at a suspect time--just as I had helped some thoughtful and talented writers and editors usher a rare book on transracial adoption, from the standpoint of the adoptees, into print.I only read it now because of the dearth of fiction on my shelves and my reluctance to venture into sleeting rain to go to the library, however infinite my "to-read" shelf already is. The first star was simply to register my ra [...]


    • In "The Buffalo Soldier", author Chris Bohjalian gives the reader two stories for the price of one: the first story being that of Terry and Laura Sheldon and their foster child Alfred, and the second being the story of George Rowe, "the buffalo soldier." Just as the circumstances and emotions surrounding the Sheldon girls' tragic deaths is a constant theme throughout the novel, so is the story of the buffalo soldiers. Perhaps it was because I listened to this novel on audio, but it is not appare [...]


    • If possible I would have rated this 3.5 stars - it just isn't as good as some of his other books to receive a 4 star rating. With that said, though, as usual, Bohjalian beautifully explores how human relationships are tested by the pressures of life.The setting is rural Vermont. The focus is on a troubled couple, Laura and Terry Sheldon, whose 9 year old twin daughters die tragically in a flash flood. They are grief-stricken and their sorrow spills over into their marriage, threatening to tear i [...]


    • This was the most amazing book. The characters were so vivid and engaging I would miss them and wonder what they were doing while I was at work. Parallel tracks: each chapter begins with a quotation from a diary of one of the "buffalo soldiers" (black cavalry soldiers who fought the Indians post civil war in the west)These are followed by a chapter told by one of the contemporary characters. The modern story revolves around a couple, Laura and Terry, who live in Cornish VT, and have lost their t [...]


    • Okay, I admit that I'm primed to like any book that Chris Bohjalian writes. But this book really touched my heart, and it was breaking for several of the characters. And somewhere along in the book I was almost hoping that one of the characters would die in a crash or something. I can't imagine what a couple must endure when they loose a child, much less two children in a terrible flood. That's what Laura and Terry have been struggling with when they take in a foster child, a ten-year-old, black [...]




    • I thought it was well-written and the characters were pretty realistic as far as I can tell. I’ve never been a 10-year old black boy so I’m going to have to guess his inner monologue was right.But I found the ending to be abrupt and almost throwaway after the details in the rest of the book. Oh all that happened? Yeah, no follow up. Just “the end”.


    • Once of the things I enjoy most as a reader is emotional tension. Bohjalian is a master of it. By setting up the relationships among his characters--and making the reader care about them--he creates suspense around the smallest of actions. "The Buffalo Soldier" is no exception. And, as an added bonus (for me) he tells the story in alternating-point-of-view chapters.This novel begins with a horrific event--the death by drowning of Terry and Laura's young twin daughters--and explores what happens [...]


    • Terry and Laura Sheldon are grieving over the death of their twin daughters in a flash flood and it's a strain on their marriage. They decide to foster a 10 year old African American boy. Laura and Alfred begin to bond, but Terry can't seem to relate to him. Terry has a love affair which threatens to destroy their marriage. Neighbors of the Sheldons, Alice and Paul Hebert, are drawn to Alfred and Paul gives him a book about the Buffalo Soldiers, an African American Army regiment during the Civil [...]


    • The Buffalo Soldier was certainly a good character book. Bohjalian gave us a number of well-rounded characters. The internal conflict of struggling with loss is a major issue in the book as we watch Terry and Laura try to recover from the devastating deaths of their twin girls. Enter a young black boy who is also scarred from years of traveling from foster home to foster home. Where Terry and Laura's fears are how they will continue to accept their changed lives, Alfred's fear is if Terry and La [...]


    • This is an interesting book about a couple who suffer a terrible and unexpected loss that rends their family, the different ways they both respond to that loss, and their attempt to move forward and build a new family by taking in a foster child that they may later adopt. The portrait of the young couple working through these difficulties is contrasted with that of their neighbors, an older retired couple who have apparently weathered the stresses that can destroy the closest of marriages. The o [...]


    • The last Bohjalian book I read was "Double Bind", which truly left me in a double bind. It is one of those narratives that makes you want to see the author's story board (ala the movie Memento). Bohjalian incorporated Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatspy" and my respect for him as a tremendous researcher (Midwives, Trans-Sister), expanded--he is clearly a very smart and literary guy too. BUT, Double Bind made me feel sick. I couldn't put it down and I felt tortured by the subject matter. Upon finishin [...]


    • Bohjalian has written a touching, sometimes heart-wrenching story of a couple who experienced the tragic deaths of their twin daughters.After a long period of grieving, they consent to take in a foster child, a little black boy, named Alfred. The author sensitively approaches the topic of foster care, particularly in an interracial arrangement.Although members of this small, close-knit community exhibited care and concern regarding the couple's loss, they are less kind to Alfred's situation. His [...]


    • The characters in this book became very real people to me--some I loved and others not so much. The connection of the present to the 1870's and the Buffalo Soldiers was wonderful. This is my first Chris Bohjalian book, but it won't be my last. I didn't especially like the author's style when the characters spoke; I couldn't always tell there was a conversation. That's the only reason I wouldn't give this one a five rating. Thanks again to my friend Ruth for recommending it and lending me her boo [...]


    • I liked this story a lot. The author has one little annoying quirk with his writing style but I won't tell you what it is and maybe you won't notice. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character which worked very well. The story is about a young white couple in Vermont who lose their 9-year old twin daughters in a flood and two years later take in a black 10-year old boy as a foster child. Good, good, good.


    • 3 1/2 Stars^^That rating may change as I think about and absorb this book. I really like how he writes. And I loved the characters of Alfred and Paul. I felt they were really well developed. And I like Laura because I felt she was right where she should have been in her grief process. Terry on the other hand It HAS been decided though that grief does NOT give you a free pass. No matter how hard the author would like you to believe that it does.


    • It was a good book, it kept me interested from beginning to end. I was disappointed with the ending and the loose ties to the history behind the title of the story. I would have liked to hear more about the connection to the Buffalo Soldiers and Alfred. It felt like Mr. Bohjalian got bored with writing the story and just ended it.


    • I thoroughly enjoy reading Bohjalian's novels. I think what I like most about him is he takes real-life issues and moral obligations, and writes about them in ways that readers can relate to. I can't say this was my favorite novel of his, but it was (as usual) a good read and a recommended author.


    • A family in turmoil after their two twin daughters drowned in a storm. Two years later they take in a foster child.Adjustment is hard.Trust is even harder.A neighbor sees an opportunity in introducing the boy to a horse. He excels.Another storm and the boy goes above and beyond to prove himself.An Unforgettable story


    • Another great book by Chris Bohjalian. I read it while I was on vacation, and couldn't put it down. The author researches his subjects thoroughly and develops great characters you love or hate. Touching story about a couple who invites a foster child into their family after losing their twin daughters. If you've read and enjoyed other books by this author, you'll love this one too!


    • I enjoyed this look into what makes a family and how that definition evolves. It was a well written book and touched on some difficult topics, but I always enjoy how this author never runs away from the issues.


    • Family. That which you are given, and that you have chosen. This book brings forth the need we all share for the closeness implied by the very word 'family'. Chris Bohjalian paints all the heartfelt emotions for us to relive, in a book that is hard to put down.


    • I absolutely loved this beautiful book. It is beautifully written, beautifully structured, with truly interesting characters who you have the time to get to know well. I loved the pace of it and how, despite there not being a lot of action, I found myself unable to put it down.


    • Very good. But what annoyed me was the very improbable notion of someone making love 2 days before her period and a week later she know she is pregnant, because she is 5 days late with her period That is so unlikely!


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