The Island of Missing Trees: Signed Edition (Hardback)Elif Shafak (author)
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From the author of The Architect's Apprentice comes a bittersweet tale of star-crossed love and the legacy of secrecy on future generations, played out in a vividly evoked island setting.
A standard edition is available here.
Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home.
The taverna is the only place that Kostas and Defne can meet in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic and chilli peppers, creeping honeysuckle, and in the centre, growing through a cavity in the roof, a fig tree.
The fig tree witnesses their hushed, happy meetings; their silent, surreptitious departures. The fig tree is there, too, when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, when the teenagers vanish.
Decades later, Kostas returns - a botanist,looking for native species - looking, really, for Defne. The two lovers return to the taverna to take a clipping from the fig tree and smuggle it into their suitcase, bound for London.
Years later, the fig tree in the garden is their daughter Ada's only knowledge of a home she has never visited, as she seeks to untangle years of secrets and silence, and find her place in the world.
The Island of Missing Trees is a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 204 x 132 x 40 mm
'Simply magnificent, a truly captivating work of immense power and beauty, on the essence of life and its end.' - Philippe Sands on 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World
'A rich, sensual novel... This is a novel that gives voice to the invisible, the untouchable, the abused and the damaged, weaving their painful songs into a thing of beauty.' - Financial Times on 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World
'Elif Shafak's extraordinary 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness.' - Simon Schama on 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World
'One of the best writers in the world today.' - Hanif Kureishi
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“A Beautiful Story- Favourite Book This Year”
This is a beautiful book. Crafted with details that emotionally pull you into the lives of Defne, Kostas and Ad and the tragedies within Cyprus between the Greek and Turkish communities. This is story that is told in... More
“Gripping family saga”
I loved this family saga set in Cyprus during the 1970s partition and in present day London. I did feel the fig tree who narrated part of the book was maybe a little too omniscient and knowledgeable about human... More
“An atmospheric multi-generational novel with a (brilliant) fig tree narrator”
The Island of Missing Trees is an atmospheric novel that is split across a number of POVs and timelines, the most interesting of which is the narration of a fig tree that has lived since before our earliest timeline... More
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