The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

"Lisa See's fans will enjoy this story of friendship set in a Korean village on the island of Jeju in the 1930s and beyond. Having no previous knowledge of the haenyeo, I learned about their matrifocal society with women doing the dangerous work as female divers to support the family, while men stayed home with the little children. The message of getting past your own viewpoint and learning what's behind another's actions is well-summarized in the quote, 'To understand everything is to forgive.'" - D. Zelamsky

3/4 stars.

Published by on July 22, 2021
Last Modified September 23, 2021