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Patrick deWitt at Powell’s

May 20, 2011

Were Hangovers Worse in the 1850s?

Patrick deWitt was at Powell’s last night reading from his fantastic new book The Sisters Brothers.  It’s a dark but comic Western set in the 1850s during the California gold rush. The story follows two brothers – Eli and Charlie Sisters  – who travel on horseback, of course, from Oregon to California to kill a man who holds a secret formula.  When commenting about his characters penchant for drinking deWitt said, “I assumed hangovers were worse then; alcohol wasn’t regulated, there was no Excedrin and there were no multi-vitamins to take when you got home.”  Ouch!

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