The Island of Missing Trees, authored by Elif Shafak, is a captivating and mystical book that explores themes of identity, love, nature, and renewal.
This novel has been translated into Farsi by Ali Salami.
Elif Shafak, a Booker shortlisted writer known for her work 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, delivers a story that follows two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, who meet at a taverna on their shared home island. Their love for each other grows in secrecy as they are forbidden to be together, but a fig tree that stretches through a hole in the taverna roof bears witness to their meetings and eventual departures.
As war breaks out and the capital is destroyed, the fig tree remains a silent witness to the teenagers’ disappearance. Decades later, Kostas, now a botanist searching for native species, returns to the island, driven by his longing for his lost love. Meanwhile, Ada Kazantzakis, living in London, finds a connection to her family’s troubled past through a Ficus carica growing in her back garden. Through the tree, Ada seeks to understand her complex identity and unravel the secrets of her family’s history.
The Island of Missing Trees is a beautifully written and delicately constructed story that explores love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness. It is Elif Shafak’s best work yet and is sure to captivate readers.