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Eli and Charlie ride from Oregon to dispatch a miner

The Sisters Brothers. By Patrick deWitt.
New York: Ecco, 2011. 328 p.

Recommendation by:
Carolyn Petersen, CLRS Project Manager, Tumwater, WA.

In The  Sisters Brothers author Patrick deWitt has produced a darkly comic tour of the Old West. Brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters are hit men who work for an enigmatic boss.  The story begins in 1850’s Oregon City when the brothers receive orders from the “Commodore” to kill a man who is working a mining claim outside of Sacramento.

As they journey to find this man, they encounter a witch, a bear, a parlor full of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.  These encounters allow deWitt to explore the human costs of the clichés of the Old West. This revisionist and subversive western tale received much critical acclaim.

ISBN-13: 978-0062041265


Available at WSL, NW 813.6 DEWITT 2011
Available in talking book or Digital Book editions.
Not available in a Braille edition.
Title contains adult themes.

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2 Responses to “Eli and Charlie ride from Oregon to dispatch a miner”

  1. An audio version of this book is in production by the Nationa Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. It should be available via download or on a digital cartridge for Washington Talking Book and Braille Library patrons later this year.

  2. That is one scary cover, I tell you that now. But the phrase “don’t just a book by its cover” springs to mind.

    However this is indeed a fine read. I recommend everybody to purchase this book by deWitt! He is a fine author and the Sisters Brothers is one of his best books.