The Sisters Brothers

Patrick deWitt

Published: 27 October 2011
Paperback, A Format
111x178mm, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781847086006

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Published: 5 January 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781847083197

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About the author

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Patrick Dewitt's writing has appeared in several US magazines and anthologies. His first novel, Ablutions, was published by Granta Books in 2009. He had previously published a short book of random writings and bad advice, Help Yourself Help Yourself. His second novel, The Sisters Brothers won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Govenor General Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon. More about the author


The Sisters Brothers is a supremely confident, compelling, absorbing and brilliantly maintained blend of Deadwood, Elmore Leonard, and Laurel and Hardy's darker, more tragic twins. It is startling, moving, poetically and farcically funny and, at the last, terribly sad. It's an extraordinary piece of work’ Niall Griffiths



‘A bright, brutal revision of the Western, The Sisters Brothers offers an unexpected meditation on life, and on the crucial difference between power and strength’ Gil Adamson

‘A gorgeous, wise, riveting work of, among other things, cowboy noir....Honestly, I can't recall ever being this fond of a pair of psychopaths’ David Wroblewski

‘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

‘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... [DeWitt has] a skillfully polished voice and a penchant for gleefully looking under bloody bandages. [It's] smooth and seamless, shot through with dark humor, pared and antique without being Baroque.’

‘Thrilling...a lushly voiced picaresque richly told, so detailed, that what emerges is a weird circus of existence, all steel shanks and ponies, gut shots and medication poured into the eyeholes of the dying. At some level, this too is a kind of revenge story, marvelously blurry’

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