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The Sisters Brothers By Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers

by Patrick deWitt

PBR Book Review:

I found “The Brothers Sisters” by Patrick Dewitt to be a fresh and innovative novel. As a Man Booker contender, this book was an intimate glimpse into the hard and sometimes brutal Old West of the 1850’s. Two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, embark on a mission to assassinate a marked man. They encounter many difficulties as they navigate their way to the west, which highlight the distinct differences of the two brothers. I listened to this story on Audio and was hard pressed to break away from this book. It is a character driven story, with the relationship between the two brothers taking center stage. The narrator's voice is poignant which added to the experience of listening. Eli’s intonations and interpretations of events are powerful, stirring, and at times hilarious. He is a peculiar character and gets under your skin and stays there long after you’ve finished the book. His voice added a personal dimension I thoroughly enjoyed. This would make an excellent book club choice.

Book Club Talking Points:

The characters in this story take center stage and will give your Book Club much to talk about. The relationship between the two brothers and their view of their world is startling. The book is dark, violent at times, yet still funny. It's original and shouldn't be missed

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*Other Books by Same Author: Ablutions: Notes for a Novel.

*Discussion Questions

1. Why was the book selected? Is there anything unique about this book such as writing style, structure, or subject matter? Did it enhance or distract from the story?

2. How did the book make you feel while reading it? Did you like the book immediately or did it take you some time to become committed? Why?

3. What was the central theme of the book?How did the time period or setting impact the plot? Does it translate to today's standards?

4. Who are the central characters? Are there any characters that you particularly liked or disliked? Why? Would you have changed anything about the characters? Could any of the characters be omitted from the book?

5. Is there any specific passage or story line that you connected with on an emotional level?What feelings did it evoke? Was there one single event that was the turning point in the book?

6. Did the book alter your perception in any way? Will it change your outlook on future topics or decisions?

7. Why do you think the author choose to write about this subject?Have you read any books by this author before?

8. After turning the last page what was your immediate reaction? Did it change over time?

9. Would you recommend this book to other Book Clubs? Why?

10. *Will provide publisher’s discussion questions when they become available.

Book Summary
Ecco; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012) - Fiction - 336 pages
Patrick deWitt, a young writer whose “stop-you-in-your-tracks writing has snuck up on the world” (Los Angeles Times), brings us The Sisters Brothers, a darkly comic, outrageously inventive novel that offers readers a decidedly off-center view of the Wild, Wild West. Set against the back-drop of the great California Gold Rush, this odd and wonderful tour de force at once honors and reshapes the traditional western while chronicling the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers. The most original western since the Coen Brothers re-interpreted True Grit—you’ve never met anyone quite like The Sisters Brothers.
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