Author Patrick DeWitt : The Sisters Brothers


Author Patrick DeWitt : The Sisters Brothers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 6:30pm

San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Book cover of The Sisters Brothers

Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers, San Francisco Public Library’s On the Same Page pick for January/February 2013 will be in conversation with author Joshua Mohr. Dewitt's bang-up novel is a quirky and stylish revisionist western. When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers. Eli's deadpan narration is at times strangely funny (as when he discovers dental hygiene, thanks to a frontier dentist dispensing free samples of "tooth powder that produced a minty foam") but maintains the power to stir heartbreak, as with Eli's infatuation with a consumptive hotel bookkeeper. As more of the brothers' story is teased out, Charlie and Eli explore the human implications of many of the cliches of the old west and come off looking less and less like killers and more like traumatized young men. With nods to Charles Portis and Frank Norris, DeWitt has produced a genre-bending frontier saga that is exciting, funny, and, perhaps unexpectedly, moving. Book signing follows the talk. Book sales by Readers Books. There are currently more than 300 copies of this dark and funny western checked out San Francisco Public Library. Don’t miss this lively program!  MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282; (415) 608-1593;

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