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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library SHA (Text) 33500013499769 New Checked out 12/18/2021
Moorhead Public Library SHA (Text) 33500013499777 New Checked out 12/22/2021

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  • ISBN: 9781635578591
  • ISBN: 1635578590
  • Physical Description: 353 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.

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General Note:
"Reese's Book Club"-- Some dust jackets.
"First published in 2021 in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
"Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. In the taverna, hidden beneath garlands of garlic, chili peppers and creeping honeysuckle, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof, and this tree bears witness to their hushed, happy meetings and eventually, to their silent, surreptitious departures. The tree is there when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, and when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns. He is a botanist looking for native species, but really, he's searching for lost love. Years later a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited -- her only connection to her family's troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets to find her place in the world. A moving, beautifully written, and delicately constructed story of love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness, The Island of Missing Trees is Elif Shafak's best work yet." -- Jacket flap.
A novel about belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #1
    *Starred Review* An immigrant fig tree narrates key passages in British Turkish writer Shafak's latest imaginative, provocative, witty, and profound novel. We first meet the philosophical Ficus carica as she is being buried in a garden in England to protect her from the coming winter. This hibernation inspires her to reflect on her long, keenly observant life on the island of Cyprus as the arboreal guardian of a popular taverna named The Happy Fig in her honor. There she witnessed the forbidden love between two teenagers—Kostas, Greek and nature-enthralled, and brainy and Turkish Defne—and the civil war that so cruelly separated them. Decades later in England, Kostas, a prominent ecologist and botanist, is mourning forensic archaeologist Defne and trying to care for their skeptical 16-year-old daughter, Ada. Help and comic relief arrive with Ada's proverb-spouting aunt, Meryem. As the full, heartbreaking tale of Kostas and Defne flowers in flashbacks, Shafak, alternating between bracing matter-of-factness and glorious metaphorical descriptions, casts light on the atrocities of ethnic violence, the valor of those who search for and excavate mass graves, the inheritance of trauma, and the wonders of trees and nature's interconnectivity. With Defne focused on death, Kostas on life, Meryem on the supernatural, Ada on facts and reason, and the fig tree's wisdom, Shafak propagates an enthralling, historically revelatory, ecologically radiant, and emotionally lush tale of loss and renewal. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #1
    *Starred Review* An immigrant fig tree narrates key passages in British Turkish writer Shafak's latest imaginative, provocative, witty, and profound novel. We first meet the philosophical Ficus carica as she is being buried in a garden in England to protect her from the coming winter. This hibernation inspires her to reflect on her long, keenly observant life on the island of Cyprus as the arboreal guardian of a popular taverna named The Happy Fig in her honor. There she witnessed the forbidden love between two teenagers—Kostas, Greek and nature-enthralled, and brainy and Turkish Defne—and the civil war that so cruelly separated them. Decades later in England, Kostas, a prominent ecologist and botanist, is mourning forensic archaeologist Defne and trying to care for their skeptical 16-year-old daughter, Ada. Help and comic relief arrive with Ada's proverb-spouting aunt, Meryem. As the full, heartbreaking tale of Kostas and Defne flowers in flashbacks, Shafak, alternating between bracing matter-of-factness and glorious metaphorical descriptions, casts light on the atrocities of ethnic violence, the valor of those who search for and excavate mass graves, the inheritance of trauma, and the wonders of trees and nature's interconnectivity. With Defne focused on death, Kostas on life, Meryem on the supernatural, Ada on facts and reason, and the fig tree's wisdom, Shafak propagates an enthralling, historically revelatory, ecologically radiant, and emotionally lush tale of loss and renewal. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

<b>Elif Shafak </b>is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. Her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her latest novel <i>10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World</i> was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and chosen as Blackwell's Book of the Year. Her previous novel, <i>The Forty Rules of Love</i> was chosen by BBC among 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Shafak has been conferred Doctor of Humane Letters by Bard College in 2021. Shafak holds a PhD in political science, and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker; she contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Subject: Identity (Psychology) > Fiction.
Belonging (Social psychology) > Fiction.
First loves > Fiction.
Love > Fiction.
Fig > Fiction.
London (England) > Fiction.
Cyprus > History > Cyprus Crisis, 1974- > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Women.
FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce.
Genre: Romance fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Fiction.
Novels.

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