Carol Brink’s first adult novel, Buffalo Coat, is a classic of Northwest literature. Originally published in 1944, Buffalo Coat appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.
Three doctors came to Opportunity (Moscow), Idaho, in the 1890s, drawn by the town-name’s promise. All attained their private objectives and financial success, symbolized by owning a great buffalo coat to wear through the bitter winters.
And yet, for these men there was irony in the name Opportunity—each of their lives ended in tragedy. The irony of Opportunity is also exemplified in Jenny Walden. The doctor newcomers believed in the freedom of Opportunity. But she had been born there and knew that, free as it seemed, it had self-imposed rules. She wanted to escape, but Opportunity would not permit it.
The Newbery Medal-winner’s first adult novel tells the tale of three doctors who came to Opportunity, Idaho, in the 1890s, when owning a great buffalo coat symbolized financial success. At first the trio achieved their dreams, but then, one by one, each came to a heartbreaking end.
421 pages (1993)