BookBrowse Reviews The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

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The Island of Sea Women

by Lisa See

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The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
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    Mar 2019, 384 pages

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A story of the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

Lisa See's latest novel, The Island of Sea Women, follows the lives of Mi-ja and Young-sook, two haenyeos – women divers from the South Korean island of Jeju – who support their families by harvesting plants and animals from the ocean. (See Beyond the Book.) The book covers their shared journey and the region's history from the early 20th-century Japanese occupation, through WWII and the Korean War, to modern day conditions experienced by this remarkable society.

Fans of See's previous works will see parallels to her earlier novels here. Her plots typically explore the intimate friendships women form, while examining the impact history and politics have on these close relationships. See is a master at this formula, and her books seem to perfectly capture this dynamic without fail. It's tempting to think that she has covered this territory before, but what keeps readers ...

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