The Island

The Island

Book - 2007
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The Petrakis family lives in the small Greek seaside village of Plaka. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Spinalonga, where the nation's leper colony once was located--a place that has haunted four generations of Petrakis women. There's Eleni, ripped from her husband and two young daughters and sent to Spinalonga in 1939, and her daughters Maria, finding joy in the everyday as she dutifully cares for her father, and Anna, a wild child hungry for passion and a life anywhere but Plaka. And finally there's Alexis, Eleni's great-granddaughter, visiting modern-day Greece to unlock her family's past.

A richly enchanting novel of lives and loves unfolding against the backdrop of the Mediterranean during World War II, The Island is an enthralling story of dreams and desires, of secrets desperately hidden, and of leprosy's touch on an unforgettable family.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2007, c2005.
Edition: 1st Harper pbk.
ISBN: 9780061340321
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hislop Victoria
Characteristics: 474 p. ;,21 cm.


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Feb 08, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this, and learned a few things at the same time!

May 10, 2013

Victoria deserves every award she has received for her books. Loved this saga of several generations, could not put it down, became so involved with their lives, thoughtfully developed plot, real people, well researched history.

Nov 21, 2011

I believe that this is what people talk about when they say "beach read' enjoyed the book. Had a nice pace, and a nice story with a good amount of secrets unearthed to keep you interested. Not a huge fan of the ending, but a nice read anyway.

Aug 30, 2010

I found the first 56 - 60 pages slow but then the book became very enjoyable. I was sorry to finish it, wish it kept going.


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