“Vivid ... thoughtful and empathetic ... necessary."
—New York Times Book Review
“Lisa See’s mesmerizing new historical novel…celebrates women’s strengths—and the strength of their friendships.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
The Island of Sea Women
Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different backgrounds, as they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective. Over many decades—through the Japanese colonialism of the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the era of cellphones and wet suits for the women divers—Mi-ja and Young-sook develop the closest of bonds. Nevertheless, their differences are impossible to ignore: Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, forever marking her, and Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers. After hundreds of dives and years of friendship, forces outside their control will push their relationship to the breaking point.
This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a unique and unforgettable culture, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives. (less)
Leading the book club will be Gail Edwards. Gail works for an educational organization in New York City as Director of Human Resources. When she is not working, Gail spends her time reading mostly fiction, teaching knitting, and perfecting her love of salsa dancing.
You can get the book in a variety of ways:
* As an e-book through your library - https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral
* Online through Amazon in a variety of formats - paperback, cloth, kindle e-book or audio book - amazon.com
* At Barnes & Noble - it is available in their Yonkers and Westchester stores and online at bn.com
* Many public libraries are now open in a limited way - you can take out books
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