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.