Undermajordomo Minor (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)
I became a huge Patrick deWitt fan after reading Sisters Brothers, which was a fresh take on the western novel genre. I loved his storytelling ability along with the abundance of offbeat humor and adventure. I am pleased to report that his latest book, Undermajordomo Minor, shares those same attributes while departing from the western theme. In this telling, our hero, Lucien, is a sickly, coming-of-age nobody from a nothing village. A kindly priest finds him an opportunity to work under a Majordomo in a far off, decrepit castle in the mountains, and there his adventure begins.
The castle, part ‘Rocky Horror,’ part pure horror, part Monty Python, tests young Lucien in every way possible. Along the way he meets pickpockets, soldiers, decadent nobility, and, perhaps, the love of his life. Allow yourself to be swept away in the adventures of a most unlikely hero in a most unsettling castle, the dreaded Castle Von Aux." -- Recommended by Pete Schulte, Union Station Store manager— Pete, our Union Station bookstore manager, a writer, artist, & insatiable reader
October 2015 Indie Next List
“With dry and witty dialogue worthy of a Monty Python movie, this wonderful novel takes some getting used to, but once you fall into this world you will not want to come back out. A remote castle, a crazy Baron, an incredibly incompetent cook, and a lovely village girl -- what else could the young narrator Lucien, known as Lucy, need for a good story? Of course, the fact that he's a compulsive liar makes things more interesting, too. Dewitt, the author of The Sisters Brothers, once again crafts an unusual and wholly entertaining story that is sure to surprise and delight his growing legion of fans.”
— Dana Schulz (W), Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI