August Discussion: The Sisters Brothers

Happy August everyone! And welcome to this month’s discussion, where we talk about The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. As always we love to hear from you about the book, about the podcast, about what you’re reading, about anything really!

Here are some questions to start us all off:

  1. This book has been described as an ‘upending’ of the Western genre. Are you a fan of the Western? Why? And if not, how would it have to be ‘upended’ to peak your interest?
  2. In some ways  Eli’s relationship with his horse Tub was a substitute for a human connection. Can you relate? Tell us about it.
  3. Eli and Charlie Sisters are brothers first, and then cowboys, and also cold-blooded killers. What other stories depicting brothers as the central characters can you recommend?
  4. In the book, Eli is introduced to pleasures of the toothbrush and toothpaste, something rare and unique in 1851. Do you have a memory of discovering something new and delightful at the time, but is now commonplace in 2020?
  5. While the book was published in 2011, a movie was made from the award-winning book in 2018 – described as a “black comedy Western crime drama”. Did you see it? What did you think?

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