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The Island of Missing Trees
The Island of Missing Trees | Elif Shafak
A rich, magical new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - available for pre-order now Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. The taverna is the only place that Kostas and Defne can meet in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic and chilli peppers, creeping honeysuckle, and in the centre, growing through a cavity in the roof, a fig tree. The fig tree witnesses their hushed, happy meetings; their silent, surreptitious departures. The fig tree is there, too, when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns - a botanist, looking for native species - looking, really, for Defne. The two lovers return to the taverna to take a clipping from the fig tree and smuggle it into their suitcase, bound for London. Years later, the fig tree in the garden is their daughter Ada's only knowledge of a home she has never visited, as she seeks to untangle years of secrets and silence, and find her place in the world. The Island of Missing Trees is a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World. 'One of the best writers in the world today' Hanif Kureishi 'Shafak makes a new home for us in words' Colum McCann
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1 The Island of Missing Trees
2 Goodnight, Nobody
3 Fruit of the Drunken Tree
4 Lincoln and the Bardo
5 The Performance
6 Fingersmith
7 The Shell Collector
8 The Gustov Sonata
9 Holding
10 French Exit
11 A Deadly Education
12 Fruit of the Drunken Tree
13 The Lions of Al Rassan
14 Sorrow and Bliss
15 In Five Years
16 A Map Of Love
17 Cold Earth
18 Norma
19 The Power
20 Unsheltered

Feburary #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 15h
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suvata
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The Island of Missing Trees is a multi-layered, bewitching, lyrical and richly magical story about belonging and identity, human destruction of nature and restoration. Defne and Costas are on opposite sides of a divided country; she is Turkish, he is Greek, they both call Cyprus home, and their love is forbidden. 5-stars Mesmerizing!

marleed All the stars from me, as well! 6d
Megabooks Same!! 6d
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Simche
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Mehso-so

The storyline is purely beautiful and I hold the theme of this novel in high regard, but... It is so poorly written that some pages were just painful to read and simply awkward.

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ReadingEnvy
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I usually enjoy Elif Shafak but this might be my favorite, a love story from Cyprus but also a tree story from the point of view of a fig tree that has seen some things. I really noticed the writing this time around, how she almost crosses the line of purple prose but then turns the language in interesting ways.

ReadingEnvy This is my third book set in Cyprus in under a year and it's so disheartening how neighbors become enemies. At several points in this novel, characters won't identify people as Cypriot Turkish or Cypriot Greek, but rather as "from the island, like me."

I've marked a bunch of spots and will write a longer review in Goodreads after it's had time to marinate.
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tokorowilliamwallace I'm looking forward to seeing your more thorough review! I requested if you want to connect. 1w
Branwen I'm currently reading this one and loving it! It's astounding! 1w
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marleed I anticipate this will remain one of my favorite books of the decade! 1w
ReadingEnvy @marleed I haven't read absolutely everything by her but this is clearly one of the best. 1w
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KarenUK
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Loved this. Gorgeous, lyrical writing with a sprinkle of magical realism. It‘s a forbidden love story set against the backdrop of the 1974 Cypriot civil war, and present day London. The descriptions of the island were just gorgeous, and themes of nature, identify, trauma and renewal, handled with such care. Narrated by the two lovers, their daughter and surprisingly by a fig tree at the center of the story, this sad story really captured my heart.

Alfoster It was so interesting and different!😃 2w
Cinfhen Gorgeous review 💜I‘m looking forward to reading / listening to this book. @Megabooks loved it too!! 2w
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Cinfhen What‘s the background?? It‘s stunning! 2w
Megabooks So glad you loved it! 2w
Kdgordon88 Lovely review! 2w
4thhouseontheleft Sounds really interesting! 2w
BarbaraBB I was gifted this book by @Megabooks and have been very much looking forward to it. Now even more! 2w
Megabooks I hope you love it @BarbaraBB 💜🌳 2w
KarenUK @cinfhen I think you‘ll really like this one…. 🤞🤞🤞 The background is a pretty illustration of a fig tree I found…. 2w
KarenUK @Megabooks It was lovely! I am so often on the blah side with Reece‘s picks. But this one was a stunner! I hope you like it @BarbaraBB 🤞🤞🤞💕 2w
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mdm139
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Started the year off strong with a 5 ⭐️ read. I can see why Reece picked it. It is about a tree and the humans that care for it. I wish the whole book was written from the tree‘s perspective though. The writing is beautiful, especially the tree‘s prose. It is also a story of grief and trauma and how it affects future generations. I read it slow to savior it. I did not want the book to end and wanted to go and talk to trees.

Graywacke Happy 5th Litsyversary! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed Shafak. Maybe I should give her a second chance. 2w
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Excited to start this via audio! You guys have given it great support!

marleed I loved this book! 3w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to this one. 3w
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KarenUK
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 🥰

- My reading goal is to do my usual #pop22 , #booked2022 and read at least 100 books…. But really, it‘s always just to read things I love, and to seek out beautiful writing that moves me….(and to continue to take pride in my title of #starslut when it comes to books!)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- (Two words) Kindness and Joy… to be, seek, think, find, create…..
- Loving it so far….. 💕📚

#thoughtfulthursday

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I‘m ending the year on a wonderful read! Elif Shafak is a beautiful and compassionate storyteller. Her lyrical writing incorporates hints of folklore, history, and magical realism. I loved how seamlessly stories of plants and animals were woven into the narrative of connection, memory, trauma, home, and love. I don‘t think I‘ll ever look at trees the same way. #reesesbookclub

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jspoelker
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Perfect vacation day: reading great fiction, being outside, & drinking ridiculously good beer. How goes the holidays for you?!

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BarbaraBB
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Thank you my lovely friend for this well thought Christmas present! I remember your review and how it made me want to read this book. I am very happy you thought of it and of me. I wish you all the best and want you to know I cherish our friendship ❤️. Happy holidays 🎄🍀

Megabooks You are welcome, big sis!! I hope you didn‘t already have it. Thank you very much for The Doctor‘s Wife! 🥂 to a Merry Christmas and a 2022 filled with books and friendship! 💚 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks No I didn‘t have it, but meant to get it. I hope The Doctor‘s Wife is good 🤞🏽🤍 1mo
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My birthday book haul! Almost finished with Moon of the Crusted Snow and can‘t wait to start the tagged book.

Reggie Happy Birthday!! And I liked Moon of the Crusted Snow. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I enjoyed both of these. And Rice is working on the sequel to Moon! 🎉 1mo
Bklover Thanks @Reggie I‘m really enjoying it! 1mo
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Bklover @Hooked_on_books I didn‘t know there was a sequel coming! That‘s awesome! 1mo
Megabooks Loved the tagged! Enjoy! 1mo
Bklover @Megabooks Oh good! I‘m glad to know that- I‘m looking forward to it. I‘m having one of those times when there are too many books that I want to read right this minute and I‘m having trouble settling on a book 🙄 1mo
Bookzombie I love Moon! @Hooked_on_books OMG, I don‘t think I knew this! 🎉 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Bklover @Bookzombie He hosts an awesome monthly podcast on Canadian indigenous books called Storykeepers and he mentioned it there. I have no idea when it will eventually emerge, but it‘s exciting! Plus the podcast is awesome if you want to check it out! 1mo
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This grid took longer than my average to complete since I finally have overnight guests in my house. The tagged was 5 stars for me - I just love how this story was told.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Billbar Hello how are you doing it‘s a pleasure meeting you can we talk if you don‘t mind 2mo
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marleed
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I loved every single sentence of this book. Often I‘m anxiously reading because I want to know how a story resolves. I didn‘t care how this resolved because that would mean this experience was over. I was interested in every aspect -including the story of Chico, the bird. The setting - Cypress - I need to know more!

AmyG It‘s one of the books I am now reading and I am in love with a fig tree! ❤️ 2mo
Megabooks I loved this too! Great review! 2mo
marleed @AmyG @Megabooks. The tree! 2mo
Allkat Sounds really good. And a pretty cover! 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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The book explores the conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots through two lovers, one from each ethnicity. It‘s an exploration of family and culture and an encouragement to healing. I initially gave a little side-eye to the use of a fig tree as a sentient character, but Shafak really made it work. This was quite good.

squirrelbrain I liked this one too. 2mo
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Twocougs
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So beautiful. This feels like some of Elif‘s pain from not being able to return to Turkey comes alive in this story. Such a 💔 story of humans and the hurt we cause each other. I must admit though my favorite character was the fig tree😊

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3.75 ⭐️

This book tells the tale of war crossed lovers from multiple viewpoints including that of a fig tree. To my surprise I quite enjoyed this RBC pick. I enjoyed the all the different angles that were used to gently build up to the big reveal. As a biologist, I soaked up all the chapters describing Cyprus‘ landscape. The author‘s writing style is beautifully evocative. I could almost feel the air on my skin.

Soubhiville I‘m looking forward to this one! 2mo
Nag1 Loved it 2mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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“Part 1: Because that is what migrations and relocations do to us: when you leave your home for unknown shores, you don‘t simply carry on as before; a part of you dies inside so that another part can start all over again.”

I relocated last year for a job and I really felt this quote. I‘m glad I took a chance and moved, but sometimes I miss being back in my hometown.

It‘s a slow, steady read but perfect for a lazy day.

EvieBee I agree. Recently relocated and it‘s tough sometimes. 🤗 2mo
BiblioLitten Oh! This hit so hard. I can‘t even… Thanks for sharing 2mo
Nag1 So beautiful 2mo
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Megabooks
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Gosh what a beautiful book! The story of a couple wrenched apart by the politics of Cyprus and the daughter they created late in life. An anthropomorphic fig tree added a imaginative dimension with a beautiful ending. Despite the slow pace, I was bolted to my recliner to read what happened next. This deeply complex novel has to be my favorite Reese pick. More literary than her usual choices. Read it! 5⭐️ #coverlove

Cinfhen Cover is stunning 🤩 2mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it is! 2mo
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain I can see this being a book you‘d enjoy, and I‘m glad you did! 😁💜 2mo
ICantImReading I‘m starting this soon and I‘m so excited for it! 💜 2mo
Megabooks @ICantImReading enjoy!!! 😁😁 2mo
BarbaraBB 5⭐️!! Thanks for the tag! Should I read it? 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think so!! 2mo
Reviewsbylola You had me at “more literary” than the other Reese choices. Stacking. 2mo
BarbaraBB Consider it done 😉 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😘😘 2mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola enjoy! It was really good! 2mo
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KristiAhlers
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I admit I‘ve been having a love/hate relationship with Reese‘s book club selections as of late. This one though is good albeit slow at times it‘s still a story worth reading . I love the sections that‘s told from the Tree‘s point of view! It‘s a love story. A story of family and a story of secrets. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Splurged. So much #CoverLove for this beauty!

Cinfhen TOTALLY 💯 I‘ve been eyeballing this one 😍🤩can‘t wait to hear your thoughts 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ll tag you of course. I‘m probably going to start it tomorrow morning but may start this instead. #moodreader 3mo
Cinfhen Super curious about that one too!!!! Hope you‘re not wake because you‘re in pain xx 3mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen it‘s not late yet here. Just 10:30. Headed to bed soon. 🤞🏻 tomorrow will be a long night of prep. 👎🏻👎🏻 3mo
Cinfhen I keep forgetting you‘re 8 hours behind me / not 7 3mo
akaGingerK I‘m eyeing this one - her previous had gorgeous writing, but the storyline was too heavy for me at the time that I tried to read it. 3mo
Megabooks @akaGingerK it is a weird mix of thoughtful and kooky to me. (Half the chapters are written as if a fig tree were telling them. I find it lovely and kooky at the same time.) you‘re right, her prose is beautiful! 3mo
akaGingerK @Megabooks Kooky I can do! That sounds pretty fun 3mo
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Abailliekaras
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I enjoyed this. It moved a little slowly and lacked narrative tension, but I loved the warmth and compassion, strong women and sense of place. The fig tree chapters were fun, have the tree a personality of her own and were integrated into the story beautifully. I like how Elif Shafak includes elements of history or wars with a light touch, it feels organic to the story rather than ‘about an issue‘. Coming up on Books On The Go 🎧.

EvieBee I have to say: I always love your posts and reviews! They‘re always spot on and the photos are always great. 3mo
BarbaraBB I agree with that. (edited) 3mo
Abailliekaras @EvieBee thank you so much! ☺️ @BarbaraBB I found when discussing it with Annie, the more we talked the more I liked the book. 😉 (the opposite happened with Bewilderment). 3mo
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Lauren.Archer
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This book told in alternate timelines tells a complex story of love, loss, war, addiction and identity to name a few. The writing is simply beautiful and I felt like I wanted to know this family and their struggles just a little more.

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Life is subjective.....but certain existential experiences probably transcend time, space and species and can be looked at from a "universal" context whilst acknowledging the subjectivity of the individual experience. Love and grief are two such experiences, sometimes seperate, sometimes interlinked....

nathandrake1997 ....Global in existence but subjective in experience, the textbook definitions might be plausible as far as acceptance is concerned but the subjective experience is probably plausible only to the being going through said existential experience.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 .... Its these myriad of existential facets of love and loss across multiple species that Elif Shafak looks through while weaving a gossamer like narrative of a doomed romance in her latest, exquisite novel THE ISLAND OF MISSING TREES.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....Through Kostas, Defne and a fig tree, Shafak attempts to explore what love and loss might mean from an existential standpoint across various species instead of merely a human standpoint, making the writing feel more universal in scope.... 3mo
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nathandrake1997 ....What's especially astounding about this novel is the way Shafak juggles and weaves together multiple perspectives in a seamless manner. Her near impeccable command over tone is definitely a league above anything I have read this year.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....This might be my shortest review so far, probably because coming across prose as exquisite as this can definitely make a reader feel short of words to convey its brilliance ❤️ 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....Overall, I guess I have finally found my favourite novel of the year ❤️ 3mo
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I loved the author‘s earlier novel, 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world. This one didn‘t quite hit the mark for me. #ARC #Edelweiss

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squirrelbrain
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This was not like the other two Shafak books that I‘ve read - it was less dark and felt more like a Victoria Hislop. That‘s not a criticism at all, as I like Hislop‘s books, and this one too. The story of the partition of Cyprus is told in two different timelines, and partly by a fig tree which sounds weird but works.

This was my first #jellybooks book, ARCs and you complete a survey at the end - thanks for putting it on the radar @jhod !

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