The Sisters Brothers


Author: deWitt, Patrick

Title: The Sisters Brothers

Genre: Western, Literary Fiction

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 325

Geographical Setting: American West, California and Oregon

Time Period: 1850s

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Eli and Charlie Sisters have led a violent life. As “opposite of the law”, the brothers ride through the Gold Rush period West, terrorizing, looting and murdering, mostly at the command of the infamous Commodore. Younger and more introspective Eli narrates as the brothers leave Oregon City in search of a gold prospector, Hermman Kermit Warm. Encountering a range of comical, haunting and desperate characters, the Sisters Brothers navigate the Old West, their disturbing career and their own changing relationship. Gritty and straight to the point language add to the richly atmospheric setting and the brisk pace keeps this novel moving along at a galloping clip. Highly enjoyable for readers of Westerns or for those looking for a haunting read.

Subject Headings: Western stories; Gunfighters; Brothers-fiction; Gold Rush-fiction; Gold Prospectors

Appeal: Gritty, fast paced, atmospheric, darkly humorous, violent, thought-provoking, cinematic, compelling, character-driven, grimy, haunting, spare

3 terms that best describe this book: Gritty, fast paced, atmospheric

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: Richards, Rand Mud, Blood and Gold: San Francisco in 1849 (California setting, and Gold Rush history);  

Etulain, Richard W. and Glenda Riley, eds. With Badges & Bullets: Lawman and Outlaws in the Old West (depicts various villians and lawmen of the Old West);

Scott, Richard Eyewitness to the Old West: first-hand accounts of exploration, adventure, and peril (good background information about the every day people of Old West)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors: Sayles, John A Moment In the Sun (Atmospheric setting, set during the Yukon Gold Rush);

Portis, Charles True Grit (atmospheric, darkly comic, about revenge killing);

Doctorow, E.L. Welcome To Hard Times (similar sparse and gritty language, atmospheric of the Old West)

-Meg Cichantk


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