What The Word On The Street is Reading

Let’s all give a big welcome to Cailin Cooper! Cailin is our new programming assistant who started this past week, and already we love her! So we asked her what she’s been reading. Her latest read was The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, published by House of Anansi Press.

You may not know this, but this book has won several awards! Haha. DeWitt has had quite the year, winning the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and, most recently, the Stephen Leacock Medal.

About the Book:

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die: Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother’s penchant for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. On the road to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside San Francisco — and from the back of his long-suffering one-eyed horse — Eli struggles to make sense of his life without abandoning the job he’s sworn to do.

Q & A with Cailin

Q: What drew you to this book?

The buzz drew me to it. And the cover was eye-catching, plus my roommate got it for Christmas.

Q: Did you enjoy it

I did enjoy it! I really liked the voice of the narrator, he was naive and gritty at the same time. Also, I haven’t read many westerns, so I thought this was a good and unusual way to get into the genre. I also liked how much focus there was on oral hygiene, you don’t see that very often. It is amusing to think there was a time when toothpaste was a novelty.

Q: Would you recommend it?

Yes! I think it’s entertaining, funny and a good Canadian read.


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