Fashion Book: The Sisters Brothers
When my book club selected this book, I was disappointed. I had no desire to read a novel set in the Old West, about two brothers who happen to be killers. However, I knew I was going to like the book no more than ten pages into it–the wry humor and vivid descriptions of life during the California Gold Rush in the 1850s were perhaps enough to make it worthwhile, but Patrick deWitt goes further in that his narrator, Eli Sisters, guides the reader so deftly, so guilelessly, that we barely notice we are being acquainted with a murderer.
Eli is the more introspective of the Sisters Brothers; Charlie, his older brother, the more callous and malicious. The two embark on a mission to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, an impish inventor who’s managed to upset the wrong man: the Commondore, Eli and Charlie’s employer, and the wealthiest man in town. Along the way, Eli and Charlie meet with many characters and misadventures as they travel from Oregon, through a bustling San Francisco, to the gold-filled streams of the California countryside. It’s a touching, funny, and surprising book in many ways, and it’s a fast read full of good old-fashioned story-telling.
Because there aren’t any hugely significant women characters in the book, I thought I would create a kind of archetypal Old Western-inspired look, using cowboy boots, a pretty maxi skirt, turquoise jewelry, and some leather accessories. Would you wear something Western-inspired?