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Island of Missing Trees

Shafak Elif

9780241435007

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Price: $32.99
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780241435007
Published: August 2021

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This is a new book. Condition: Brand New.

An unforgettable new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

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, memory and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780241435007
Published: August 2021

Number of pages: 368
Width: 153 mm
Height: 234 mm
Depth: 26 mm

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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