Review

Review: In The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak breaks new ground in making her protagonist an ordinary fig

By Mark Thomas
March 4 2022 - 1:00pm
  • The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak. Penguin, $32.99.

Most of the famous trees in literature remain quite mute. Those that shelter and guard literary celebrities - Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest - offer no commentary on the action below their leaves or beneath their branches.

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