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The Sisters Brothers

by Patrick deWitt

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Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 5 January 2012
Number of pages: 325
Prizes: Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011.

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Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Across 1000 miles of Oregon desert his assassins, the notorious Eli and Charlies Sisters, ride - fighting, shooting, and drinking their way to Sacramento. But their prey isn't an easy mark, the road is long and bloody, and somewhere along the path Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. The Sisters Brothers pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable ribald tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life-and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.

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The Sisters Brothers confirms deWitt as one of the most talented young writers around' --Sunday Times 'Superb ... deWitt has ensured another unforgettable pair their place in fictive lore' --Sunday Telegraph 'so good, so funny and so sad' --Irish Times `A stylistically impressive, darkly comic reworking of the traditional western' --Metro 'A witty noir Don Quixote ... A blackly comic fable about emptiness, lonliness and the hollow lure of gold' --Financial Times 'gripping and heart-wrenching' --Guardian `Wonderfully funny and original' --Spectator 'The Sisters Brothers is intermittently moving, consistently very funny, and above all, original' --New Statesman 'A powerfully realized work ... the dialogue is sharp as a whip' --Times Literary Supplement 'A masterclass on the twists of the mind and heart' --Scotsman 'A stunningly accomplished book ... deWitt is on his way to greatness' --Dazed & Confused `Bursting with vitality and driven along by a terrific pulpy energy' --Herald 'A lyrical homage to the classic western ... this has the makings of a cult outrider' --Time Out 'deWitt's book is inventive and has a smart line in dark humour' --Observer `Extremely well written and very funny' --Big Issue

Author's Biography:
Patrick deWitt's first novel Ablutions was a huge critical success. Born in British Columbia, he has also lived in California, Washington, and Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and son.

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