Lisa See: The Island of Sea Women

We are thrilled to welcome best-selling author Lisa See back to The Book Stall to discuss and sign copies of her new novel, The Island of Sea Women. This special afternoon event in the store is co-sponsored by and in support of the Women's Exchange, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. We ask that you buy your copies of Ms. See's books from The Book Stall if you wish to enter the book-signing queue.  A portion of all the afternoon sales supports the Women's Exchange.

About The Island of Sea Women: 

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that 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's differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, 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, and she will forever be marked by this association. 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 after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story--one of women's friendships and the larger forces that shape them-- The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea WomenThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneSnow Flower and the Secret FanPeony in LoveShanghai GirlsChina Dolls, and Dreams of Joy. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker's Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

Women’s Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing programs and classes for curious, adventurous, and open-minded women. Learn more on their website.

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501154850
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds.