by Patrick deWitt
Ecco Books – May 2011
336 pages; $24.99
Brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters have a job to do. Their mission is to find and kill Hermann Kermit Warm. The year is 1851 and this job will take them from Oregon City, OR to Sacramento, CA. The Gold Rush is in full swing and Eli and Charlie are planning to attack Kermit at his claim.
“San Francisco. It’s a good place to kill someone, I have heard.When they are not busily burning the entire town down, they are distracted by its endless rebuilding.” -Charlie Sisters
Setting off on their mission, the trip seems doomed from the start. Whether it be Eli’s less than perfect horse, Charlie’s taste for drink and quick temper, or Eli’s reflective and introspective self; deWitt has crafted many interesting, often funny, hindrances to their mission. Making this book so much more than a typical western. This story is, however, much more than just about a trip. It ultimately becomes a story about discovery.
A large part of the enjoyment to be had in The Sisters Brothers is deWitt’s authentic writing. The reader is effortlessly transported to the lawless 1850’s where mayhem ensues and the reading stays fun. This story has it all: from grit, whores, humor, emotion, death, and even a duel! There truly is something for everyone in this story. The Sisters Brothers is a highly recommended summer read!
For more information on The Sisters Brothers, please visit the publisher’s website at: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Sisters-Brothers-Patrick-Dewitt/?isbn=9780062041265
Thanks to the generous people at Ecco Books BCBR is giving away a signed, limited edition (1 of only 150) poster of the cover art to The Sisters Brothers done by the artist Dan Stiles.
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