A Reese's Book Club Pick
An Award-Winning Author
Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they call home. In the taverna, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof and is there when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to 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 love. Years later a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to her family's troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets.