ROBERT J. CONLEY. The Brothers


ROBERT J. CONLEY. The Brothers. Goldminds. Hardcover, eBook, 233 pages, $27.99, $9.99, www.goldmindspub.com.

For an author well-versed in classic literature who once wrote a novel (Quitting Time) about a gunman who takes a job just to see a Shakespearean troupe perform Titus Andronicus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this year’s Owen Wister Award recipient has reimagined The Brothers Karamazov as a Western.

Talk about a dysfunctional family. The Brothers depicts the Garrett family – ruthless father Phillip, a white man who married a Cherokee, and his sons: Skylar, the oldest, a Civil War veteran who wants his inheritance; Keenan, the intellectual atheist; Wesley, the studious aspiring minister; and “Stinker,” Phillip’s illegitimate son whose mother was a black woman. Think King Lear meets Fyodor Dostoyevsky meets The Kardashians meets Bonanza. Conley has written another winner.