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The Island of Sea Women (Paperback)

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Lisa See is no slouch when it comes to research, attention to detail, and putting together a beautiful but devastating saga, and The Island of Sea Women is one of her best. Nearly every page has fascinating tidbits about haenyeo, female deep-sea divers who used minimal gear, held their breath for up to 3 minutes, and could spend hours in freezing water. There is so much information about life on Jeju Island in Korea, the Japanese, United States, and Korean occupations of it, as well as the Jeju uprising that took tens of thousands of lives. The characters are vibrant, the writing is stunning, and Lisa See has left me yet again astounded with her talent for storytelling.

— Amber

March 2019 Indie Next List

“Off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island is home to generations of haenyo—women who take their living from both land and sea and call the shots in their matriarchal society. Young-sook and Mi-ja are best friends in the 1930s, learning to dive with their all-female collective while their island suffers under Japanese colonialism. Lisa See follows them as they grow up under Japanese rule, into WWII, to the Korean War and its devastating aftermath, and into the 21st century. The Island of Sea Women is not only a story of friendship found, lost, and found again, but also a richly detailed picture of a unique culture of women in a world spinning out of control. Amazing detail and presence.”
— Janet Rhodes, BookPeople of Moscow, Moscow, ID

Product Details
ISBN: 9791188140909
Publisher: Bookrecipe
Publication Date: August 8th, 2019
Language: Korean