Song of the Buffalo Boy is a wonderful book about some of the effects of the war in Vietnam. It was written by Sherry Garland. It is 282 pages, but has a double-spaced format, which makes it fly by. It tells the story of a fifteen year old farm girl in a town near Da Nang, Vietnam. She is very tall, with large hands and curly black hair. This is because she is Amerasian. During the Vietnam war, many Vietnamese women slept with soldiers for money. Loi remembers being with a tall blonde man and her mother when she was young. He seemed kind, and gentle. She has a picture of herself, her mother and this soldier. She is certain that this is her father, although whenever she brings up the subject her mother won't tell her anything. Her dream is to go to America and find her father. She has no idea about the Amerasian Homecoming project, which was set up in Vietnam for children of the wars. It was a real program that gave over 80,000 Amerasian children the opportunity to go to America.. The other dream she has is to ,marry a young Buffalo herder by the name of Khai. They love each other, but his family thinks it will be dishonorable for him to marry a Con-Lai. A Con-Lai means a half breed in Vietnamese. This book takes place in 1989, but it seems like a long time before that because her lifestyle is so simple. The author did a really great job at describing things and giving the characters distinct, passionate personalities. It isn't a predictable book at all. The books takes many twists and turns, ending in one final curve in the story. I thought this book gave a really wonderful insight into the lives of farming Vietnamese in this time period, and is probably fairly the same today. She did a lot of research for this book, and it was one of the most phenomenal books that I have ever read.