Cormac McCarthy

Book Review: 'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick deWitt

Book Review: 'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers

A Novel

Patrick deWitt

Ecco: 336 pp., $24.99

If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick deWitt's bloody, darkly funny western "The Sisters Brothers."

It's 1851, and Eli and Charlie Sisters make their way from Oregon to California to kill a man. Eli, the larger one, tells the story, which opens with him thinking a lot about horses and not quite realizing that his brother and their boss, known as the Commodore, are shorting him.

If Eli is a little slow, he's also coming awake — compassion is unfolding in him, and he's considering the possibility of a new life. As the book follows...

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