Shared Experiences from 2013
My sister lives on the mantelpiece: a novel by Annabel Pitcher —
Jamie's family has been torn apart by grief; five years ago, his older sister Rose was killed in a terrorist bombing in London. Jamie's mother abandons the family, and his father's incapability of dealing with Rose's death leaves Jamie mostly in the care of his teenage sister, Jasmine (Rose's surviving twin). At school, Jamie finds a friend in Sunya, but must keep the friendship a secret due to his father's prejudices.
This was not a light summer beach read! However, I enjoyed it. This short novel packed an emotional punch and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a "serious" read.