The Island of Missing Trees

Elif Shafak’s novel asks readers to see beyond themselves, particularly in the meditative moments when a fig tree speaks.

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Review of ‘The Island of Missing Trees’

Imagine a fig tree speaking, the unexpected perspective its voice would lend to a war-torn island’s history, full of forbidden teenage love, reunions and cultural divides. Such is Elif Shafak’s intergenerational novel of love, loss and family, The Island of Missing Trees.

The novel moves between 1974 Cyprus—as cities collapse amid war, as neighbors are…

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