The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See 384 pages

Lisa See’s tenth novel is the story of Young-sook and her friendship with Mi-ja.  Both women are part of an all female deep sea diving group on the Korean island of Jeju.  These women are their family’s breadwinners who are trying to survive in a somewhat matriarchal society.  Young-sook and Mi-jan’s lives are recounted from when they first met in 1938 up to the present day.  Their stories are told in conjunction with the history of Korea during that time.

I learned a lot about Korea in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  Unfortunately, the story of  Young-sook and Mi-ja was not as interesting as what took place around them.  The Island of  Sea Women is not one of Lisa See’s best.

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See 384 pages

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