I, like most everyone else, was a big fan of deWitt’s runaway hit (heh, that rhymed) The Sisters Brothers, so my expectations for the follow-up were of average height—which, for a shorty like me, is pretty high. Now, it’s not that this meandering little tale didn’t meet my average/high expectations, but it didn’t exceed them, either. So while I did ultimately enjoy the book, I don’t think deWitt was as successful in reinventing the gothic novel as he was in reinventing the classic western (Eli Sisters was just such a great character on which to lay the burden of reinvention, and I would not say the same of Lucy Minor). But credit where credit is due: he did give it the old college try.
No. 7 on my challenge. Published by Toronto’s House of Anansi Press and written by a Vancouver Islander (turned Oregonian).
PS. There’s a bit in the middle I did not expect… and neither will you. You have been warned.
Don’t be afraid. I won’t smite you. Probably.