Sebastopol- New York Times-bestselling author, Lisa See writes about female friendship and family secrets in a story set against the shifting geopolitics on a small Korean island. 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.
Jeju Island is known for its matrifocal society and its women divers. Lisa visited Jeju Island, which has had a tumultuous history: Japanese occupation, World War II, the Korean War, and the post-war period all significantly impacted the lives of the island's residents, including Lisa's characters.