If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick deWitt’s bloody, darkly funny western The Sisters Brothers… It’s smooth and seamless, shot through with dark humor, pared and antique without being Baroque… There is something very human in all this blood and guts.
(I actually think Cormac McCarthy does have a sense of humor, but OK—I get the idea). While there’s a whole lot to like about the novel, even a few chapters in, there’s no getting around the fact that the cover is flat-out fabulous. So much so, in fact, that Harper Perennial has commissioned a run of limited edition prints of the cover artwork by the most excellent Dan Stiles. They’re signed and numbered, measuring about 12″ x 18″, on nice heavy paper stock. My copy’s going on the wall as soon as it’s framed—it’s a handsome piece of literary artwork. And I have one to give away as well!
If you’d like the chance to win one, leave a comment here saying something—anything at all—about cowboys, anytime over the next week until noon on June 3. At that point I’ll put them all in the randomizer and someone will win a copy of this sexy poster from Harper Perennial. Please make sure you have a working email address attached to your name.
In the meantime, here’s the book’s trailer. It’s a long weekend Friday and the day’s half done—cowboy up, kids.