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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Bohjalian Narrator: Alison Fraser Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2002 ISBN: 9780553755527
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From the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Midwives and Trans-Sister Radio comes a hauntingly beautiful story of the ties that bind families—and the strains that pull them apart.


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.

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.

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.

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 The Buffalo Soldier 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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Beautifully wrought. . . . A moving account of personal strength and the joy of belonging. San Francisco Chronicle
  • If it's captivating literature you're after, The Buffalo Soldier earns a solid A. Entertainment Weekly
  • In The Buffalo Soldier, Bohjalian proves once again that he's a master novelist. The Boston Globe
  • Bohjalian plunges [his characters] into a dramatic situation so powerful that even their quiet voices cannot fail to be heard. . . .The Buffalo Soldier is imbued with hope and the possibility for redemption. The Washington Post
  • Bohjalian gives us fine-grained detail and beautifully observed domestic psychology. The Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 6/26/2011

    " Really liked this book. Although I like all of his books and this was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 6/24/2011

    " I love his books but this one was especially good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 6/2/2011

    " Just ok - slow start, picks up middle to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/23/2011

    " Incredible story, kept my attention from beginning to end. This book makes you feel as though you are there!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/22/2011

    " This was a good read for me as I am involved as a volunteer in foster care. Anything that adds to my understanding is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 5/7/2011

    " I really liked this book, and I really hated two of the characters. I don't know how to hide a spoiler, so that's all I'll say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/27/2011

    " It is OK. Maybe I have read too many Bohjalian, but I found this book a little ho-hum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sjfstudio | 3/26/2011

    " Not as good as some of his other books. Interesting read but slow going at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 3/12/2011

    " Excellent story of a black foster child in rural Vermont. Has deception, redemption, an illicit affair, you name it. Enjoyed this book- good exploration of characters and grief after loss of 9 yr. old twins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/12/2011

    " This was a very interesting story, but still not as good as Skeletons at the Feast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/10/2011

    " He's speaking in Milwaukee tomorrow. I can't wait!
    "

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About the Author
Author Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is the author of numerous books, including several that made the New York Times bestselling list. His novel Midwives was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have been made into movies.