THE BUFFALO SOLDIER
Make sure your Prozac has kicked in before opening the latest novel by Bohjalian (Trans-Sister Radio). The author’s unsparing examination of a couple coping with the deaths of their two young children — and the bone-dry clarity of his language — ensures that any reader paying even half-attention will get sucked into his tale of woe. What unfolds (the parents’ relationship with a foster child they take in, and the subsequent unraveling of their marriage) ends on a note of hope, but Bohjalian takes a grimly honest view of the situation. If you’re looking for an upbeat spring read, this novel fails utterly; if it’s captivating literature you’re after, Soldier earns a solid A.