Buffalo Spirits

A tale of loss, and longing for home and the connections that bind two peoples to a single land—and to one another. The American Library Association called the debut novel “a poignant family saga and an enlightening history lesson.” Kirkus Reviews declared, “Black offers a moving, and justifiably tragic, depiction of the fate of the farmers, land, slaughtered buffalo, and feedlot-incarcerated cattle of the Great Plains.” Kansas Senator Bob Dole praised the book, “filled with affection for the Great Plains and the extraordinary people bound to it. Insightful and disturbing, Elizabeth Black's first novel confronts the problems faced by farm families struggling to stay on the land they love.”

Buffalo Spirits won the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Literary Award, 2004, Annual Three Oaks Prize in Fiction, and was selected as a finalist in the William Faulkner Novel Competition.