The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women

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. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village?s A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female ...

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Title:The Island of Sea Women
Author:Lisa See
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Genres:Historical
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:374 pages pages

The Island of Sea Women Reviews

  • JanB
    Mar 30, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 17, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

  • Marialyce
    Mar 30, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

  • Jennifer
    Mar 09, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

  • Karen
    Feb 28, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

    This review is for the audiobook version of ?The Island of Sea Women? by Lisa See, narrated by Jennifer Lim, and published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Audio: 4 stars Jennifer Lim is an Asian actress, with several theatre accolades to her name. Lim?s theatre background is...

    The Island of Sea Women is an interesting look at Jeju, an island off the coast of South Korea. Starting in the late 1930s and running through the mid-1970s, all bracketed by sections spanning the course of a few days in 2008, Lisa See tells the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, unlikely ...

    Lisa See is a treasure and her books are always a pleasure for me to read. I look forward to a new book from her with anticipation. She writes some of the best historical fiction I have ever read and I have learned so much about different Asian cultures and traditions while enjoying he...

    One of the things I enjoy most about historical fiction is learning something new that I never knew before. I've been to Korea twice this year in my reading--the first being Pachinko which dealt with the prejudice of the Japanese towards Koreans. This is a story of friendship and f...

    What a stunning story! I have loved every book that Lisa See has written, and this one is no exception. Based on real historical events, and the real matriarchal society on the Korean island of Jeju, this book taught me so much and made me think deeply about friendship and forgiveness....

    *drying my eyes* Wow. This was such a heart stirring story. I was in tears near the ending when Mi-ja?s recorded voice to Young-sook just broke my heart in two. ? You?ll come away with how much meaning the love of family and friends really is over disputes causing bitterness and...

    Lisa See provides well-researched history of the Jeju women divers and shows much respect for them. I was awed by the traditions, rituals and how the ongoing Japan/Korea conflict affected the Jeju over the years. The roles of men and women are different from what I am familiar with. Th...

  • Sue
    Mar 05, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

  • Esil
    Mar 30, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

  • Libby
    Apr 04, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

  • Lisa Wolf
    Apr 02, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 25, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

  • Angela M
    Mar 24, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

  • Debra
    Feb 26, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

  • PorshaJo
    Apr 09, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

  • Judy
    Jan 30, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

    This review is for the audiobook version of ?The Island of Sea Women? by Lisa See, narrated by Jennifer Lim, and published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Audio: 4 stars Jennifer Lim is an Asian actress, with several theatre accolades to her name. Lim?s theatre background is...

    The Island of Sea Women is an interesting look at Jeju, an island off the coast of South Korea. Starting in the late 1930s and running through the mid-1970s, all bracketed by sections spanning the course of a few days in 2008, Lisa See tells the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, unlikely ...

    Lisa See is a treasure and her books are always a pleasure for me to read. I look forward to a new book from her with anticipation. She writes some of the best historical fiction I have ever read and I have learned so much about different Asian cultures and traditions while enjoying he...

  • Bam
    Mar 08, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

    This review is for the audiobook version of ?The Island of Sea Women? by Lisa See, narrated by Jennifer Lim, and published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Audio: 4 stars Jennifer Lim is an Asian actress, with several theatre accolades to her name. Lim?s theatre background is...

    The Island of Sea Women is an interesting look at Jeju, an island off the coast of South Korea. Starting in the late 1930s and running through the mid-1970s, all bracketed by sections spanning the course of a few days in 2008, Lisa See tells the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, unlikely ...

    Lisa See is a treasure and her books are always a pleasure for me to read. I look forward to a new book from her with anticipation. She writes some of the best historical fiction I have ever read and I have learned so much about different Asian cultures and traditions while enjoying he...

    One of the things I enjoy most about historical fiction is learning something new that I never knew before. I've been to Korea twice this year in my reading--the first being Pachinko which dealt with the prejudice of the Japanese towards Koreans. This is a story of friendship and f...

  • Jaline
    Feb 12, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

  • Tammy
    Mar 24, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

    This review is for the audiobook version of ?The Island of Sea Women? by Lisa See, narrated by Jennifer Lim, and published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Audio: 4 stars Jennifer Lim is an Asian actress, with several theatre accolades to her name. Lim?s theatre background is...

    The Island of Sea Women is an interesting look at Jeju, an island off the coast of South Korea. Starting in the late 1930s and running through the mid-1970s, all bracketed by sections spanning the course of a few days in 2008, Lisa See tells the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, unlikely ...

    Lisa See is a treasure and her books are always a pleasure for me to read. I look forward to a new book from her with anticipation. She writes some of the best historical fiction I have ever read and I have learned so much about different Asian cultures and traditions while enjoying he...

    One of the things I enjoy most about historical fiction is learning something new that I never knew before. I've been to Korea twice this year in my reading--the first being Pachinko which dealt with the prejudice of the Japanese towards Koreans. This is a story of friendship and f...

    What a stunning story! I have loved every book that Lisa See has written, and this one is no exception. Based on real historical events, and the real matriarchal society on the Korean island of Jeju, this book taught me so much and made me think deeply about friendship and forgiveness....

    *drying my eyes* Wow. This was such a heart stirring story. I was in tears near the ending when Mi-ja?s recorded voice to Young-sook just broke my heart in two. ? You?ll come away with how much meaning the love of family and friends really is over disputes causing bitterness and...

  • Linda
    Feb 23, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

  • Kate Olson
    Mar 11, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

    This review is for the audiobook version of ?The Island of Sea Women? by Lisa See, narrated by Jennifer Lim, and published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Audio: 4 stars Jennifer Lim is an Asian actress, with several theatre accolades to her name. Lim?s theatre background is...

    The Island of Sea Women is an interesting look at Jeju, an island off the coast of South Korea. Starting in the late 1930s and running through the mid-1970s, all bracketed by sections spanning the course of a few days in 2008, Lisa See tells the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, unlikely ...

    Lisa See is a treasure and her books are always a pleasure for me to read. I look forward to a new book from her with anticipation. She writes some of the best historical fiction I have ever read and I have learned so much about different Asian cultures and traditions while enjoying he...

    One of the things I enjoy most about historical fiction is learning something new that I never knew before. I've been to Korea twice this year in my reading--the first being Pachinko which dealt with the prejudice of the Japanese towards Koreans. This is a story of friendship and f...

    What a stunning story! I have loved every book that Lisa See has written, and this one is no exception. Based on real historical events, and the real matriarchal society on the Korean island of Jeju, this book taught me so much and made me think deeply about friendship and forgiveness....

  • Erin Clemence
    Apr 04, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

    This review is for the audiobook version of ?The Island of Sea Women? by Lisa See, narrated by Jennifer Lim, and published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Audio: 4 stars Jennifer Lim is an Asian actress, with several theatre accolades to her name. Lim?s theatre background is...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Feb 17, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

  • Erin
    Apr 02, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

  • Thomas
    Feb 24, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Mar 04, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

  • Bkwmlee
    Mar 18, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

  • Whitney
    Apr 10, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

  • Nadia
    Feb 13, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

  • Lucy Langford
    Apr 17, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

  • Kylie D
    Apr 23, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 17, 2019

    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...

    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...

    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...

    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...

    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...

    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...

    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...

    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...

    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...

    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...

    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...

    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...

    photo credit: https://www.deepblu.com/mag/index.php... ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...

    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...

    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...

    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...

    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...

    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...

    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...

    This review is for the audiobook version of ?The Island of Sea Women? by Lisa See, narrated by Jennifer Lim, and published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Audio: 4 stars Jennifer Lim is an Asian actress, with several theatre accolades to her name. Lim?s theatre background is...

    The Island of Sea Women is an interesting look at Jeju, an island off the coast of South Korea. Starting in the late 1930s and running through the mid-1970s, all bracketed by sections spanning the course of a few days in 2008, Lisa See tells the story of Young-Sook and Mi-ja, unlikely ...