The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt (2011)

Jean-Louis’s Pick:

 (House of Anansi Press, May 2011)

So imagine a cross between a Louis L’Amour novel and a Quentin Tarantino movie and you have something approaching what Patrick DeWitt has achieved in his new novel, The Sisters Brothers. Whether you read it for the adventure, the relationship advice, the sibling rivalry, or the touching story of men and their horses, you cannot go wrong with this novel. Will we be reading the novel in 50 years? Maybe not, but for a fresh take on the Western and a fun-filled read with an occasional profound moment, this book is worth a look. This year the Governor General and the folks at the Writers’ Trust made a great choice. As for Canadian novels, I also recommend The Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. It is a real treat to discover two new writers you like in one fall season.

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