Virtual Book Club
April 8, 2021 –
“The Island of Sea Women,” is set on a Korean island and draws on the centuries-long history of the the haenyeo, female divers who have effectively created a matrifocal society — they are the breadwinners of their families, while their husbands take on the domestic duties of cooking the meals and raising the children. The novel follows two of the divers, whose intense childhood friendship will be tested through marriage, child-bearing and war. It explores complex themes of loss and forgiveness, and the impact of war on women and children.
Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles.