Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

UndermajordomoMinor.deWittI, 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.

Quoted: Undermajordomo Minor


The position (Mr Olderglough assigned it the name of undermajordomo, which Lucy and Father Raymond decided was not a word at all) was lowly and the pay mirrored this but Lucy, having nothing better to do, and nowhere in the world to be … embraced his fate and wrote back to Mr Olderglough, formally accepting the offer, a decision which led to many things, including but not limited to true love, bitterest heartbreak, bright-white terror of the spirit, and an acute homicidal impulse.

How could I possibly put this book down after a set up like that?!