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:


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.

Contest is open to US residents only. Contest ends June 5th at 11:59pm ET.


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12 Responses to THE SISTERS BROTHERS – Patrick deWitt

  1. Ooh, that sounds fun. Even if I don’t win the giveaway, I’m totally getting this at the library.

    You are actually the first non-YA book review blog I’ve found. Please excuse me while I jump up and down. Hooray for more books!

  2. The book trailer is hilarious! And I love the artwork for this poster. I’ve been hearing such good things that I was already planning on reading this eventually. This just sealed the deal!

    • Jason G. says:

      Hi Cassandra!
      Let me first start by saying I usually abhor book trailers. But, I too, found this one to be great. Esp. after reading the book it means even more.
      I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the book.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. Matthew Garcia says:

    I actually just finished this novel last night: it’s so odd that it cannot help but be spectacular. DeWitt doesn’t really give a romanticized west or revisionist west, but more of a surrealist west, akin to Charles Portis, Oakley Hall, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. The Sisters’ journey is hilarious and prone to sudden bouts of violence; it’s also incredibly sad (but like in the good, life-turning-around, cautiously optimistic way).

    Nice review. It’s always great when good books receive coverage.

    • Jason G. says:

      Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on TSB. I was a little worried that I would read some romanticized ‘Hollywood’ version of the west. Thankfully this book is far from that.
      It kind of reminds me of the HBO show Dead Wood meets Cheers.

      Thanks again!

  4. le0pard13 says:

    That’s a great graphic. Thanks.

    • Jason G. says:

      Thanks for entering and really the thanks goes to the publisher.
      It is an awesome poster that I think would look great in an office/library.
      Good luck!

  5. doktorzoom says:

    Finished TSB about a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed it; this is one of those books that has you whipsawing between chuckling at the brilliant prose style and wincing at the sheer horror of human idiocy, often in the same paragraph. Thanks to the Coen Brothers’ adaptation of True Grit, I kept hearing Eli’s dialogue in Jeff Daniels’ voice.

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  7. I really enjoyed this book. Usually, award winning novels are chosen because they challenge the reader (but they aren’t very fun to read). This book received so much attention because it’s compelling and intelligent.
    Also, I love the book trailer…….very cool…..

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