Two teenagers who come from opposite sides of a divided Cyprus, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. This venue serves the best food in town and plays the best music, but it also enables its customers to forget, albeit briefly, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows. In the centre of the tavern, a fig tree grows through a hole in the roof from where it witnesses the teenagers’ hushed, happy meetings and silent departures.
Decades later in north London, a young girl seeks to untangle the years of family secrets, separation and silence that stem from her parents’ origins in Cyprus. 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, Elif Shafak brings us a magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature, and, finally, renewal.
No. of Pages: 368
Dimensions: 204 × 30 × 138mm
Published by Viking