Lakeview Book Discussion of "Island of Sea Women" by Lisa See
Join us around the fireplace for a book discussion of "Island of Sea Women" by Lisa See. New members always welcome! Synopsis: The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s followed by World War II the Korean War and its aftermath through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother's position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point. This beautiful thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down 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 and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.