The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak – Our Review


Our Review…

Dedicated “to immigrants and exiles everywhere, the uprooted, the re-rooted, the rootless, and to the trees we left behind, rooted in our memories” The Island of Missing Trees is the poignant story of love and loss across generations. Centred around the love between Turkish Defne, and Greek Cypriot, Kosta, Shafak’s novel tells of how we survive and what we lose in the search for happiness.

Told from multiple perspectives, including the oracular voice of a resilient fig tree, Shafak’s gorgeous prose and magical realism opens our eyes to the impact of human conflict on the natural world and feels particularly important in light of similar events happening around our world, today. It evokes empathy, asks us to question what ‘home’ really is and offers hope in the deep roots of love that hold us together in the face of displacement and grief.

This book is a must-read for anyone who loved the works of Richard Powers or Robbie Arnott, for those who have travelled to Cyprus or would like to learn about the ‘troubles’ and Turkish occupation, for those looking for a cathartic read that reconnects us with the natural world.

Review by Katina @ Great Escape Books