THE ISLAND

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I LOVED THIS STORY ABOUT SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF THE PETRAKIS FAMILY WHO ARE TORN APART BY LEPROSY.  THE LEPER COLONY SEES MUCH DEATH BUT THERE IS ALSO A CULTURE THERE AND THE “GOVERNMENT” FINALLY BEGINS TO GET FUNDING FOR NEW HOUSING AND DOCTORS TO COME TO TREAT THE PEOPLE.  THE LEPERS BEGIN TO HAVE HOPES AND DREAMS BUT WILL THEIR WISHES COME TRUE?

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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