Mi hermana vive sobre la repisa de la chimenea

Mi hermana vive sobre la repisa de la chimenea

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Título originalMy sister lives on the mantlepiece
Autor: Annable Pitcher
Publicación: Marzo 2012
Paginas: 228 págs
Genero: Drama juvenil 

Tenía pendiente el libro desde que leí “Nubes de Ketchup”. Aquella era la segunda novela de la autora y me pareció suficientemente torcido como para echarle un ojo a su opera prima. Y bueno, tiene un grado de torcedura esta chica a la hora de contar historias que me gusta. No se mete en oscuridades como las de Gaiman, pero se mete en fregaos mas reales y mas dolorosos.

Esta vez conocemos las circunstancias de Jaime y su hermana Jasmine a través de la narración en primera persona de un niño de 10 años, como es Jaime. Así sabemos que hasta hace 5 años tenia otra hermana, Rose. Rose y Jasmine eran gemelas, al menos hasta que una bomba la hizo pedazos. Pedazos que guardaron (los que pudieron recuperar al menos) unos su madre enterrándolos y otros su padre, incinerándolos, ya que no se ponían de acuerdo.

Annabel Pitcher signing books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011

Jaime solo tenia 5 años cuando aquello ocurrió y apenas recuerda a Rose, ni siente especial pena, ni siquiera la ha llorado nunca, pero si que sufre las consecuencias de aquel ataque terrorista islámico. Sus padres, se separan, su madre se distancia de los hijos que aun tiene vivos, su padre bordea el alcoholismo hundido en la pena y atado a la urna donde están las cenizas de algunas partes de su hija muerta, mientras su odio hacia los musulmanes crece hasta el punto de mudarse fuera de Londres.

Jaime ira a su nuevo colegio y le sentaran al lado de una niña musulmana, Sanya de la que casi sin querer se hace amigo, creando así un importante conflicto interno al pensar en lo que diría su padre si se enterara. Y eso es básicamente la novela, la vida de Jaime y Jasmine desestructurada, con padres negligentes por el dolor y teniendo que cuidarse el uno al otro y sobrevivir a la sombra de la hermana muerta.

Me lo he leído en un par de momentos y lo he disfrutado bastante, por decirlo de alguna manera. No es alegre, ni buenrollista. Es un vistazo a unas vidas trastocadas por una tragedia y sus formas de tratar de salir adelante unos y de hundirse otros. Aun así, es divertida, triste, emociona y entretiene que es lo que importa.

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