Eli and Charlie are the Sisters Brothers. They are hired guns. The Sisters Brothers is a western novel. I am not a fan of western novels as a genre. I very much enjoyed reading The Sisters Brothers. I realize there is some contradiction there but that’s because The Sisters Brothers can’t really be pigeonholed into any one type of book. It’s quite unique and it’s a well-told story with action, humor, violence, compassion and even a little sex thrown in. The western aspect just happens to be the background for all that goes on in the story.
Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired by a nefarious individual named The Commodore to kill a gold prospector by the name of Herman Kermit Warm who done The Co0mmodore wrong. We are never quite certain just what transgression Mr. Warm committed against The Commodore and it is obvious Eli and Charlie could care less. They simply know they need to travel from Oregon to San Francisco and find this Warm guy and kill him. It is what happens to the two brothers on their journey that makes this novel such a wonderful read.
The tale is told from the point of few of Eli, a killer with a conscience, who questions the lifestyle that he and his brother have chosen. You will enjoy traveling with Eli and Charlie and find yourself laughing out loud just before someone else dies a violent death.
Patrick DeWitt is an excellent writer. His characters come alive through his words. The Sisters Brothers was short-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize and DeWitt is certainly an author to keep an eye on for future offerings. I gave this thoroughly non-western western four ****stars.