The Sisters Brothers Giveaway

By | on April 22, 2011 | 21 Comments

JC: You’ll hopefully remember that yesterday I reviewed Patrick deWitt’s novel The Sisters Brothers, which is scheduled to be released Tuesday 4/26. I still can’t say enough about how much I liked it. Here are a couple more good words about it:

“. . .best western i’ve read in years . . . the sisters brothers has it all– adventure, suspense, redemption, humor . . ..” – Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author of West of Here

“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

“A masterful, hilarious picaresque that keeps company with the best of Charles Portis and Mark Twain…a relentlessly absorbing feat of novelistic art.”
—Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

The Sisters Brothers is dark, dark, and funny, both ha ha and strange…and you’ll love the characters you meet along the way.”
—Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Enough already? OK. Here’s what we’re going to do…

Thanks to our friends at Ecco (they’ve had a great year for fiction, haven’t they?), we’ve got five copies of The Sisters Brothers ready to giveaway. So tell us about a favorite western novel, and by “western” I don’t just mean the genre, I mean the territory, so there’s a lot of literary turf available. On Monday, I’ll pick five winners at random from the entries.

As always, I’ll start with John William’s fantastic Butcher’s Crossing. Williams’ books seemed to be likely to vanish from the literary marketplace just a few years ago, but for the reissue of BC and the also excellent Stoner by our friends at NYRB Classics. Butcher’s Crossing is the dark tale of a buffalo hunting expedition in the 1870’s. Three men in a natural paradise lose control with bloodlust and greed and nature gives them what they deserve.


21 Responses to “The Sisters Brothers Giveaway”

  1. April 22, 2011

    Nancy Pate Reply

    I keep giving away copies of Larry Watson’s “Montana: 1948” as gifts. But Richard Ford, Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry, James Lee Burke, Pam Houston high on my list, too.

  2. April 22, 2011

    Jason Chambers Reply

    Montana 1948 is a great short novel, Nancy, and I’m a fan of all those folks except Pam Houston, who I haven’t read, but with that company, I probably should.

  3. April 22, 2011

    Dan Wickett Reply

    Alyson Hagy’s novel, Snow, set in lamb farming Wyoming country from a few years back courtesy of Graywolf.

  4. April 22, 2011

    e_magnuson Reply

    Here’s one I expect that earn many more jeers than cheers. But if y’all are truly going random…”Less Than Zero” written by Bret Easton Ellis while still a pup. It was the first totally trendy novel I remember reading. For the purpose of your contest, it was nonetheless the first book that got me thinking about “the West coast” as an entirely different place. I again plucked it off the shelf a few months back and read a few passages. Hilarious. But I’ll admit that it immediately transported me back to what thoughts of what it must be like “out West” did for me as a small-town Wisconsin kid way back yonder, in the mid-80s. We should protect future generations from unsupervised exploration of such work. But that was my first Western.

  5. April 22, 2011

    Jessica M. Reply

    True Grit by Charles Portis. I actually didn’t know anything about it until the movie came out, but had to pick it up after loving the movie. And I’ll second Annie Proulx and Larry McMurtry — I haven’t read Montana 1948 but I’m definitely adding it to my to-read list now too.

  6. April 22, 2011

    Dana Reply

    “Western Swing” by Tim Sandlin. First to pop in my mind. Well, actually the first that came to mind was “West of Here”, but I thought that might be seen as pandering. 😉

    • April 22, 2011

      Jason Chambers Reply

      Pander away, Dana. Those are both good books. I think if you check the archives, you’ll find Johnny writing about Western Swing a year and a half ago, coincidentally enough.

  7. April 22, 2011

    Seanbeaudoin Reply

    Oh, man, I want a copy of that. I really liked “Ablutions,” which is especially amazing because I’d just sworn that I would never again read a book set in a bar. That lasted about a week.

    Western novel: “Warlock” by Oakley Hall. I also think of Don Carpenter’s “Hard Rain Falling” as a quintessential western coast novel….

  8. April 22, 2011

    Robert John Stuart Reply

    The novel I am reading now: West of Here by your very own Jonathan Evison.

  9. April 22, 2011

    Phaedosia Reply

    Ooh. Leif Enger all the way! So Brave Young and Handsome definitely qualifies! I also loved Ron Carlson’s Five Skies. Although, I always felt I needed a sandwich nearby–his descriptions of camp food were amazing.

  10. April 22, 2011

    c p Reply

    gosh, the only thing i have read that qualifies is “Welcome to Eudora: A Novel, by Mimi Thebo. It is a quirky tale set in a Mid West town. Fun read, but not in my top 25. I read a lot of books set in foreign lands, since I’ll never probably travel to them!

    • April 22, 2011

      Jason Chambers Reply

      Well, there’s always Western Europe, or West Africa, CP. We’re not too high on rules around here anyway.


  11. April 22, 2011

    Ben Loory Reply

    Shane! by Jack Schaefer. Is pretty much my favorite. Though I’m with Sean Beaudoin on Warlock, too. And Blood Meridian!

    • April 22, 2011

      Jason Chambers Reply

      I love Blood Meridian too, though I’m sensing a gap in my reading history by the recent repeated mentions of Warlock. A book that fits right in with this discussion, though it’s not a western is Tom Franklin’s awesomely dirty and twisted Smonk – but it’s not a western, as the marketing copy went, it’s a southern.

  12. April 22, 2011

    Cherie Reply

    Best western novel written, hands down: Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. I only wish I hadn’t yet read it just so I could experience it for the first time again.

  13. April 23, 2011

    Thomas Baughman Reply

    My favorite Western novel is truly a western: Oakley Hall’s Warlock.

  14. April 23, 2011

    Vicky Panzich Reply

    One of my favorite books last year was Robert Olstead’s Far Bright Sky…truly wonderful and truly a western. Incredible prose, authentic details with a fantastic storyline.

  15. April 23, 2011

    Chris Swann Reply

    “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry. The characters alone are worth the price of the book, but the story and the focus on the effects of the past on the present–in terms of both the personal lives of Gus and Woodrow and even in terms of a “nostalgic” cattle drive north–sweep you along. Gritty romantic realism, if that’s not an oxymoron.

  16. April 23, 2011

    Patrick T. Kilgallon Reply

    I love Stephen King’s Gunslinger, an ultimate Western dark fantasy novel set in apocalypse, a form of wild, wild, West in the abstract sense of the word.

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