The Buffalo Soldier : A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Chris BohjalianISBN: 0375725466;
Amazon.comThere are certain plots that possess inherent drama, and the saving of a lost child is one of them. In The Buffalo Soldier , Chris Bohjalian--who showed such flair for drama in the bestselling Oprah's Book Club® pick Midwives --gives us the story of 10-year-old Alfred, an African American foster child who is taken in by Terry and Laura Sheldon, a white couple whose twin daughters have drowned. Another child is also about to come on the scene: Terry has an affair, and the young woman becomes pregnant. Bohjalian takes his sweet time exploring these relationships, but he also writes scenes with the same tautness that made Midwives a page-turner. The result is a novel that's both readable and exhaustively fleshed out. As Alfred settles into the Sheldons' lives, we actually come to believe in the unlikely little family the three of them forge. Bohjalian narrates his story from the perspective of each of his principal characters, a method that can be...