Fiction Flashback: Sisters Brothers

Start your week of with some older titles that deserve a second look

Sisters Brothers

by Patrick DeWitt

You’ll hear a lot of people talk about a strong “narrative voice”.  Buckle up, because this book is the embodiment of that concept come to life.  I would read Patrick DeWitt even if he started writing business manuals, he has one of the strongest narrative voices out there.  His characters are wonderful and he has an impossible-to-replicate dry humor that should be registered as a fire hazard.

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What’s it about?

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.

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