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Shoot the Buffalo by Matt Briggs
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Shoot the Buffalo

by Matt Briggs

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The summer Aldous Bohm turns nine, his younger sister dies. Aldous blames himself for her death, and this novel tracks the next ten years of his life. His life is anything but conventional; his parents are hippies who use drugs and only seek employment when absolutely necessary. His paternal uncle Oscar returns from the Vietnam War psychologically damaged and lives in the attic. Against this background, Aldous tries to fit in at school and deal with the death of his sister.

The book is well written, and the author portrays Aldous's perspective as a boy and a young man very realistically. While few of us grow up in a forest with pot-smoking hippies for parents, his struggle to lead a normal life and fit into the broader society make Aldous a character easy to identify with. The theme of self-forgiveness is also universal. ( )
  LynnB | May 3, 2015 |
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Dad began to dig the dam behind the house the summer I was nine, the summer my sister Adrian died, the summer Uncle Oliver came to live in the attic.
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