“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing
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“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing


Shafak’s novel has a simple premise, love. And it might seem like a cliche, but it just works for this beautiful story. Defne, a Turkish woman, and Kostas, a Greek man, fall in love at the peak of the conflict in Cyrpus in 1974. Their love is helped along by a beautiful mixed Turkish and Greek couple Yusuf and Yiorgos and a little tavern called “The Happy Fig”. Continue reading