Our next Book Club meeting is Thursday, January 21st at 10 am. We will be reading The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See, available at Amazon in Kindle in various formats and at Orleans and Jefferson Parish libraries. If you would like to join the meeting, please send an email to Arlean Fermanis at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can send you an invitation with a link to the meeting.
All are welcome!
From the Amazaon website:
Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility—but also danger.
Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook find it impossible to ignore their differences. The Island of Sea Women takes place over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War, 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. 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 forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.