Buff Tea

Written by Edward M. Erdelac

Published by Texas Review Press

270 pages

Review by Tracey Skeine


Synopsis from novel:

The novel is set in 1874 and is about a boy who leaves a comfortable life in Chicago and heads west to work on the burgeoning railroad, quickly finding the labor not to his liking. He joins a disparate group of itinerant buffalo hunters led by a tough old ex-Indian fighter named War Bag Tyler and they pass into Texas to participate in the great slaughter. The season draws to a close and death strikes the outfit. War Bag swears a Cheyenne Dog Soldier from his past is responsible. As War Bag plots a new hunt, a hunt for the Cheyenne, the boy must choose between life and death.


I liked this book though it was too violent for my personal tastes. I thought the characters were interesting and they held my attention, though the prose was choppy at times and didn’t flow as smoothly as I would have liked. Overall, I liked it well enough to recommend it for people interested in this time period or in the buffalo hunters.


Tracey Skeine is graduating with her degree in English Literature in June 2012. She is currently working on her first novel set in Caesar’s Rome.

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