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The Island of Missing Trees : Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 by Elif Shafak

The Island of Missing Trees : Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 by Elif Shafak

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2022A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2021.

A rich, magical novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - now a top ten Sunday Times bestseller 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, chili peppers, and wild herbs.

This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, and 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 center 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. The Island of Missing Trees is a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature, and, finally, renewal. 'This book moved me to tears.

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    • Format:Paperback / softback 368 pages
    • Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd
    • Imprint:Penguin Books Ltd
    • ISBN:9780241988725
    • Published:7 Apr 2022
    • Classifications:Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    • Readership:General (US: Trade)
    • Weight:266g
    • Dimensions:129 x 197 x 27 (mm)
    • Pub. Country:United Kingdom
    • Country of Origin:GB
    • Tariff Codes:49019900
    • For sale in: United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Germany, France,
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