Holy smoking six-shooters, Patrick deWitt has written an Old West tale that conjures up the colourful images of a spaghetti western filled with stark realism, eccentric characters and black humour. The Sisters Brothers is not your typical cowboy tale. Eli Sister and his older brother Charlie are hired killers looking for a gold prospector in California. Fiercely loyal and protective of his brother, Eli is determined to quit the “killing business” after this final job.
His insights and descriptive images reveals the sharp contrast of the brutal, isolated life in Oregon compared to the extravagant, crowded frenzy of the 1850s California gold rush.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable western, grab this one.
— judee fong
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Price: $29.95 Page count: 336