Thursday, January 01, 2015
I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister, by Amelie Sarn
Translated from French, this short novel packs quite a punch of political issues, showing how religious freedom is ultimately more complicated than civil society understands. It's easy as an American to see the hypocrisy in the French approach to secularization, but even that outrage oversimplifies the complexity of the issue. Instead, Sarn brilliantly shows the yearning for self and agency through these two sisters. Along the way, she also tackles the complex feelings of love and jealousy that the two girls experience towards each other.