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The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak

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The Island of Missing Trees is a magical masterpiece . . . Elif Shafak has done it again with this brilliant novel of the secrets of hearts, the history of Cyprus and the beauty of memory. Truly full of miracles. -- Kate Williams

The Island of Missing Trees, for all its uses of enchantment, is a complex and powerful work in which the harrowing material settles on the reader delicately ― FT

Poignant . . . [Shafak] knows exactly when to dangle unanswered questions, when to drench our senses, when to offer meaningful musings, elegant metaphors and tugs at the heartstringsSunday Times

Compassionate and enchanting, it's a transporting tale of roots, renewal and talking trees Mail on Sunday, Best New Fiction

Enchanting . . . Shafak's writing is poised and expressive, remarkable for its charm and lyricism . . . The novel is a tapestry of heavy emotions, but it's one that's spun with brightnessSunday Telegraph, Novel of the Week

The Cyprus setting is stunningly described in this spellbinding story about identity, love and lossGood Housekeeping, 'this month’s 10 books to read right now’ (September)

The Island of Missing Trees is a strong and enthralling work: its world of superstition, natural beauty and harsh tribal loyalties becomes your world . . .for all its uses of enchantment, it is a complex and powerful work in which the harrowing material settles on the reader delicatelyFT

A wonderful rebuke to anthropocentric storytelling . . . Elif's extraordinary new novel about grief, love and memoryLiterary Review

The Cyprus setting is stunningly described in this spellbinding story about identity, love and lossGood Houskeeping, best books to read this month

This is a
sweeping, romantic tale about love and loss that's so evocative you can smell honeysuckle and figs wafting from the pagesRed, best books to read this autumn

The wounds inflicted and
the search for healing across three generations is explored in the tales of its unforgettable characters . . . beyond the narrative, the author's longing to dissolve barriers between people and the natural world is evident. A beautiful read ― Woman & Home, September Book Club Pick

If Ms Shafak's subjects are sombre, her magical-realist style is anything but . . .
Shafak does not shrink from the reality of violence, but she salvages tenderness - even joy - form the wreckage of 20th century historyEconomist

The Island of Missing Trees asks us important questions about losing home, about coping and secrets . . . this is a beautiful novel . . . made ferocious by its uncompromising empathyGuardian, Book of the Day

Booker-shortlisted Shafak (
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World) amazes with this resonant story of the generational trauma of the Cypriot Civil WarPublishers Weekly

A
magical story about nature, humanity and love . . . a beautiful contemplation of some of life's biggest questions about identity, history and meaningTime, Anticipated Book for Fall 2021

One of the best writers in the world today ―
Hanif Kureishi

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, author of Utopia Avenue

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A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2021 A rich, magical new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - now a top ten Sunday Times bestseller 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, nature, and, finally, renewal. 'What a wonderful read! This book moved me to tears... in the best way. Powerful and poignant' Reese Witherspoon

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (7 April 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241988721
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241988725
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her latest novel

The Island of Missing Trees, shortlisted for the Costa Award, RSL Ondaatje Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and was Blackwell’s Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. The Architect’s Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall’s inaugural book club, The Reading Room. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She also holds a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College.

Shafak is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. She is a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of expression, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people “who will give you a much needed lift of the heart”. Shafak has judged numerous literary prizes, including PEN Nabokov prize and she has chaired the Wellcome Prize.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - but beware, the missing final page(s)!
By Sof-ee on 16 February 2022
I see that I'm not the only one to have made my way through this fascinating, heartfelt and hugely original novel by Elif Shafak, only to discover that the final page (or possibly pages?!) are missing. Such torture! It feels wrong to be putting a single star against a novel which was otherwise incredibly enjoyable, but missing pages just aint good enough! I've missed my Amazon returns window but am very much hoping that I can find a way to get hold of a (complete) replacement copy...
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