The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt
Charlie and Eli Sisters lead the dangerous, lonely life of hired killers in the 1850s Old West. Their horrified mother insists they should not bother coming home until they find a new line of work.
Charlie, the older, tougher brother, encountered bloodshed at a young age when he shot and killed his violent father to save his mother. He does not hesitate to use his gun when people get in his way. Eli, the younger, more sensitive brother, is growing weary of being a gunslinger and longs for love.
Eli’s unhappiness grows when the brothers are ordered by their boss, known as “The Commadore’’, to find and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm. Their travels take them from Oregon to the gold-struck town of San Francisco, and then on to Warm’s claim in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. Finding Herman Kermit Warm will change the Sisters Brothers’ lives forever.
Author Patrick Dewitt’s novel provides the reader memorable characters and comic observations. He offers a fresh spin on the classic western, and somehow manages to create empathy for the two hit men. The book was nominated for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for fiction. Check our catalog