The Island by Victoria Hislop

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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.

 

About Victoria Hislop

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Victoria Hislop is the international bestselling author of The Island and The Return. In the United Kingdom, she writes travel features for The Sunday Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, House & Garden, and Woman & Home. The Island sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into 24 languages. Victoria's second novel, The Return, has been published in more than a dozen languages. She lives in Kent, with her husband Ian and their two children.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 482 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A young Englishwoman discovers her family's secret links to a Cretan leper colony, in an unusually humane saga.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of The Island

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It means a slow and agonising path to death, cast out by loved ones and forced to live out your days with an incurable illness.

Jun 26 2005 | Read Full Review of The Island

The Guardian

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It means a slow and agonising path to death, cast out by loved ones and forced to live out your days with an incurable illness.

Jun 25 2005 | Read Full Review of The Island

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