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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Smits - LibraryThing
Very readable book.Enjoyed very much learning about life in a Greek village in the 40s and during WWII and about the Petrakis family of Eleni and Giorgis and their daughters Anna and Maria.. A short ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Bauernfeind - LibraryThing
Wonderful. A great insight into the lives of individuals struck with such a devastating disease. Told through several generations of Greek citizens in a costal town next to an island where people with ... Read full review