What we'll do
This month we're diving deep into fiction with The Island of Sea Women by best-selling author Lisa See.
In a work described as 'riveting and mesmerising', See skillfully weaves historical fact with compelling fiction, as she lets us into the amazing and terrifyingly dangerous world of the women's free-diving collective on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait. Set over many decades, female friendship, the tight bonds of family and turbulent world events create a fascinating backdrop to a powerful story.
Here's the blurb:
The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different backgrounds, as they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective. Over many decades—through the Japanese colonialism of the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the era of cellphones and wet suits for the women divers—Mi-ja and Young-sook develop the closest of bonds. Nevertheless, their differences are impossible to ignore: Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, forever marking her, and Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers. After hundreds of dives and years of friendship, forces outside their control will push their relationship to the breaking point.
This is a beautiful, thoughtful novel that illuminates a unique and unforgettable culture, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children.
Sounds fantastic! But let's see what we all think when we get together to discuss a book that by all accounts is going to be a brilliant read!
We'll be meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday August 29th, at Wynnum Library (above Woolies) in Florence Street, Wynnum.
You'll find plenty of free parking on-street or underneath the building.
Cost for the evening is $5 and do please feel free to bring along some drinks and nibbles to share.
'Lisa See excels at mining the intersection of family, friendship and history. At this novel's heart is a beautifully rendered story of two women whose individual choices become inextricably tangled' - Jodi Picoult, author
'I was spellbound the moment I entered the vivid and little-known world of the diving women of Jeju. No one writes about female friendship with more insight and depth than Lisa See.' - Sue Monk Kidd, author
'A stupendous multi-generational family saga - a mesmerising achievement.' - Terry Hong, Booklist