Thursday, 11 August 2016

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

This novel follows two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, infamous assassins sent on an errand to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, an ingenious man, who is accused of stealing from their boss, a fearsome figure named the Commodore. It’s clear from the beginning that Eli and Charlie are two different personalities
as they travel along the open road in true western noir style.

I don’t usually read Westerns, but I am extremely happy I picked this one up. The chapters are short, no more than a few pages each, which kept me flipping through “one more chapter” a lot longer than I would have though. Besides a humorous plot, I completely fell in love with Eli Sisters, who was clearly the more likeable and kindhearted brother. This book is a perfect balance between plot, character and setting.

The book was declared a winner at the 75th Governor General's Literary Awards, as well as the winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The book also won the 2012 Stephen Leacock Medal for humour writing, and was announced the winner of the award for Best Fiction at the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards. It also won the 2012 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Additionally, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2012 Walter Scott Prize.