The Sisters Brothers

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House of Anansi, May 14, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Prix des libraires du Quebec and the Stephen Leacock Medal. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Walter Scott Prize.

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die: Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother’s penchant for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. On the road to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside San Francisco -- and from the back of his long-suffering one-eyed horse -- Eli struggles to make sense of his life without abandoning the job he's sworn to do.

Patrick DeWitt, acclaimed author of Ablutions, doffs his hat to the classic Western, and then transforms it into a comic tour-de-force with an unforgettable narrative voice that captures all the absurdity, melancholy, and grit of the West -- and of these two brothers, bound to each other by blood and scars and love.

 

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User Review  - wintersdoor - LibraryThing

Loved this one. The voice was just pitch-perfect. One of very few books that I wish was longer. A wonderful book - full of insight. Great setting; fabulous rendering of a brother relationship. Moments of magic and beauty. Violent and humorous, often simultaneously. Would definitely re-read. Read full review

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

A funny, picaresque story with unexpected poignancy. I'm not sure as yet if I'll be thinking about it long after I'm done or if I'll forget it forthwith. I would love to meet Eli Sisters, though.... Read full review

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Patrick deWitt was born on Vancouver Island in 1975. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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