Adult Fiction BOHJALIAN
Summary: With his trademark emotional heft and storytelling skill, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian presents his most resonant novel yet. Two years after their twin daughters die in a flash flood, Terry and Laura Sheldon, a Vermont state trooper and his wife, take in a troubled foster child. His name is Alfred; he is ten years old and African American. And he has passed through so many indifferent families that he can't believe that his new one will last. In the ensuing months Terry and Laura will struggle to emerge from their shell of grief only to face an unexpected threat to their marriage: Terry's involvement with another woman. Meanwhile, Alfred will find a friend in an elderly neighbor -- and inspiration in the story of the buffalo soldiers, the black cavalrymen of the old West. Out of the entwining of these fitful lives, The Buffalo Soldier creates a suspenseful, moving portrait of a family, infused by Bohjalian's moral complexity and narrative assurance.
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His twin daughters died in a flood two years earlier.
Terry and Laura's foster child.