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The Sisters Brothers

Shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

By Patrick deWitt Read by John Pruden Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers English, Unabridged 7h 43m Sell Sheet Also available on
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9 Audio CDs April 26, 2011 $29.99 $29.99 9781611201079 Add to Cart
							Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and while on the hunt, Eli begins to question what he does - and whom he does it for. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters - 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. Shortlisted for the Man Booker and Giller prizes, and winner of Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and 2012 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

One of the Best Audio Books of 2011. "...brilliant picaresque tale...has found the ideal narrator in John Pruden...This is the best book I have heard all year." - The Washington Post

One of the Best Books of 2011. "Patrick DeWitt has managed to breathe rare new air into the genre with this stylish road novel. The Sisters Brothers is self-aware without getting meta, and funny without devolving into farce. It's also beautifully dark and inventively vicious..." - eMusic

"Patrick deWitt's...scenarios are breathtakingly original - no cliches here. [Narrator] John Pruden has just enough of that laid-back cowboy drawl to allow the listener to slip into another time. His pitch-perfect rendition is a wonderful complement to this story..." - AudioFile

"A calmly vicious journey into avarice and revenge...DeWitt creates a homage to life in the Wild West but at the same time reveals its brutality." - Kirkus Reviews

"...philosophical, existential, and extraordinary...a different kind of novel, profoundly literary." - Library Journal

"DeWitt assembles a host of motley characters for this romping adventure while presenting a good character study in Eli, a narrator who's as likely to pontificate on the trouble with horses as to describe a gunfight." - Booklist

"If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick DeWitt's bloody, darkly funny western...more poetic than realistic but as easy to slip into as the old HBO series Deadwood." - Los Angeles Times

"...imaginative and ebullient...Deliciously original and rhapsodically funny, this is one novel that ropes you in on page one, and isn't about to ride off into the sunset any time soon." - The Boston Globe

"...a thrilling revenge story...lushly voiced..." - Esquire

"...the best novel I have read in years...very funny...a great and wonderful novel..." - Barnes and Noble Review

"...unsettling, compelling and deeply strange picaresque novel." - The Independent

"The writing is superb...a diabolical combination of Laurel and Hardy and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (with a touch of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, just to emphasise the high literary stakes)...unforgettable..." - The Telegraph

"A thrilling, smart and surprisingly touching read...always compelling." - BookPage

"Consisting largely of comic episodes...The Sisters Brothers reads like a Richard Brautigan spaghetti Western." - Time-Out Chicago

"...gory, mesmerizing...cinematic, surprising...The book seduces us to its characters, and draws us on the strength of deWitt's subtle, nothing-wasted prose..." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"...a darkly comic, compelling and surprising story...I doubt I'll find a more entertaining and thoughtful novel this year." - Quentin Mills-Fenn, Uptown Magazine

"...subtle is DeWitt's prose...note-perfect his rendition of Eli's compulsively readable his bleakly funny western noir story..." - Macleans

" update on a classic Western scenario...manages the difficult trick of making a vicious killer so endearing that you are rooting for him and his dream of a peaceful existence by the end." - New West

"Violent, funny and strangely touching... destined for a spot on many best-of-2011 lists." - Edmonton Journal

"The Sisters Brothers is the flip side of the new Western - part tall tales and violence, part philosophical musing, part comic reinvention. Very fun to read." - Three Guys One Book

"A masterful, hilarious picaresque that keeps company with the best of Charles Portis and Mark Twain, The Sisters Brothers is a relentlessly absorbing feat of novelistic art." - Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

"The Sisters Brothers is dark, dark and funny, both ha ha and strange, but it's a lot more, too, a lyrical meditation on work and love from a narrator who moves from thoughtful conviction to casual murder as seamlessly as this book flows over the page. You'll root for (and against) the Sisters Brothers on their quest, and you'll love the characters you meet along the way. Patrick deWitt has concocted a winner here, his perfectly-paced plot matched only by his narrator's often delightful observations." - Tom Franklin, NYT bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

"An instant classic. Thrilling, hilarious, touching, and unforgettable." - Jonathan Evison