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GML Friday Book Club : The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak.

May 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Gunn Memorial Library Friday Book Club

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
Friday, May 10
 1:00 PM

Title for the Friday book discussion in May is The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak.
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
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.


Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk


May 10
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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