February Eastside Discussion: The Sisters Brothers

***The venue is now confirmed.***

This month's selection was nominated by Sherry.

The Sisters Brothers

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living-and whom he does it for.

With "The Sisters Brothers," Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters-losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life-and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.


“Thrilling…a lushly voiced picaresque story…so 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.” (Esquire)

“[T]here’s something cinematic about Mr. deWitt’s unadorned prose style, which at first made this reader do a double-take—can this be serious?—only to continue flicking the pages with pleasure.” (Wall Street Journal)

“By turns hilarious, graphic and meditative, The Sisters Brothers hooked me from page one all the way to 300 — and I could have stayed on for many more.” (NPR.org)

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

About the Author:

Patrick deWitt was born on Vancouver Island in 1975. He is the author of Help Yourself Help Yourself (2007, Teenage Teardrops), Ablutions (Feb. 09, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt/Granta), which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice book, and The Sisters Brothers (May 2011, Ecco/House of Anansi). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.

The Venue : This Starbucks is next to Barnes and Noble in downtown Bellevue at approx. 106th Ave & NE 8th St. Parking is free on Sundays.

No-Show Policy: If you RSVP "yes" -- you should come to the meetup! Members who no-show to three or more events are automatically removed from the group. If you have signed up and later find that you will not be coming, please CANCEL your RSVP as soon as possible (at least one week ahead if possible.) Please see the "Pages" tab on our website for more details. Don’t be a no-show!

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Nominate a Book:  We need to select our next book, so feel free to think of a book (or two) to nominate and the members present will vote.  Please bring the book or a synopsis to our meeting so that we can consider your recommendation. Members present at the meeting will vote on the nominated books.

~ Happy Reading!

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  • Joy

    Great book and discussion. Thanks Sherry!

    February 24, 2013

  • Martin

    Something came up last minute. Hate to miss this, Sherry, the book was so funny. A great lighthearted read. See you all for Exotic Hotel in March.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could come, but too sick to be out this weekend. I really enjoyed the book - read it in 1 day. That doesn't happen much any more.

    February 23, 2013

  • Joy

    It's the same night as the Academy Awards and we do have a waiting list, so if you cannot attend, be sure to cancel your RSVP. Thanks!

    February 21, 2013

  • Joy

    I wasn't expecting this book to be so funny!

    January 9, 2013

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