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The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian
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Mar 28, 09

really liked it

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 older man befriends the wary 10 year old African American foster child who has been transplanted from a black urban setting to this while small town Vermont town. The portrait of Alfred, the young boy, is realistic and convincing, and provides real insight into the world of a foster child. Your heart aches for him as he tries to negotiate this strange new world and the 2 strangers into whose home he has been placed. You root for this unlikely trio to succeed in forming a family! A good read.
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