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After reading Bohjalian's Trans-sister Radio, I approached Buffalo Soldier with high expectations. While vastly different in subject matter, this book shares the lyricism, and freshness that creates memorable characters and situations out of everyday life.
We follow Laura and Terry through the loss of their twin daughters, as they move through their grief; fighting to stay together when they are too damaged to continuing loving. And at times, it seems so much easier to cut their losses, and move on.
Particularly touching, is Bohjalian's unromantic depiction of Alfred, a young foster child struggling to create a family of his own, and to win a place in the hearts of two broken, flawed adults.
Written with a sure hand, you will weep, rage, and rant with, (and sometimes, at) the characters. The journey is strong, but the resolution seems strangely too easy- wrongs too easily forgiven, and forgot, though perhaps with all the preceeding turmoil, the characters have earned a break.
The story is well narrated, bringing small-town Vermont and its inhabitants to poignant life.
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What a wonderful book. Sometimes, in listening to it, I could hardly breathe waiting for what happened next. There is an edge of tragedy here, starting with the real tragedy of the death of twin girls. Death, renewal, the way families are formed and changed, marriage and love affairs - this book tackles large ideas. On top of that, one of the main characterw, a foster child, is a child of color, and that is handled especially gracefully, with a focus on him as a person, not as an icon of his race.
I liked the characters very much - they seemed real and the way they dealt with life rang surprisingly true to me. The only thing I didn't like was the narrator's cloying and breathy voice. She often trails off as she reaches the end of a sentence, in an annoying way. Her voice seemed wrong for this book.
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