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The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak

The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak
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Title: The Island of Missing Trees

Author:  Elif Shafak

ISBN:  9780241434994

Weight:  736 g

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The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

An unforgettable new novel about two star-crossed lovers in war-torn Cyprus, from the Booker-shortlisted, internationally bestselling author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World.


It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus.  Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home.  The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs.  This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine.  But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows.

In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree.  This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart.

Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born.  Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence.  The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home.

In The Island of Missing Trees, prizewinning author Elif Shafak brings us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature, and, finally, renewal.

Peer & Press Reviews

A wise novel of love and grief, roots and branches, displacement and home, faith and belief.  The Island of Missing Trees is balm for our bruised times.

David Mitchell

Shafak is passionately interested in dissolving barriers, whether of race, nationality, culture, gender, geography or a more mystical kind.

Sunday Times

Lovely heartbreaker of a novel centered on dark secrets of civil wars & evils of extremism: Cyprus, star-crossed lovers, killed beloveds, damaged kids.  Uprootings.  (One narrator is a fig tree!)

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Title The Island of Missing Trees
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Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.
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Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Viking
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241434994
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 343
Size (h x w x d) 205 x 138 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Ferhat Elik
illustrations Josie Staveley-Taylor

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