Island of Missing Trees, TheShafak, Elif
Hidden beneath the tree that grows through the roof of The Happy Fig taverna, teenagers Kosta and Defne happily ignore the social prohibitions of their respective Greek and Turkish communities, until Civil war breaks out, in 1974.
Reunited decades later, they migrate to London to fashion a new life, but for their daughter Ada, the toll of intergenerational trauma demands answers from the past.
Lyrical, haunting and thought-provoking, this is the story of Cyprus' tumultuous history traced through the lives of a single family and revealing the devastation to its people and the natural world.
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"I was hooked from the first page. Beautifully written!"
"Shafak is a wonderful storyteller. This novel will stay with me in the same way The Book Thief has - a lyrical, haunting read."
"This is a stand-out book amongst others."
"I enjoyed it so much I'm off to reserve a table at our local Cypriot restaurant!"
"I enjoyed learning about the politics of Cyprus."
"The narrator is most unusual, but overall the book's a winner."