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The Island of Missing Trees – Sheffield Feminist Book Club

May 22 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

£13

Join us for an exciting in-person book club!

Get ready to dive into an evening discussing ‘The Island of Missing Trees‘ by Elif Shafak, share your thoughts on the book, and connect with likeminded individuals!

Whether you’re an avid reader or just starting your literary journey, this event is perfect for everyone. Immerse yourself in lively discussions, discover new genres, and expand your reading horizons.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet like-minded book enthusiasts and explore the fascinating world of literature. Mark your calendars and come join us for May’s Book Club!

About the book:
It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs. This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows.

In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree. This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart.

Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence. The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home.

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