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Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

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Jeanne
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$18.00
ISBN: 9781501154867
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Published: Scribner - March 10th, 2020

The Island of Sea Women is the life story of Young Soo, the best haenyeo who ever lived on Jeju Island, "...an island known for Three Abundances: wind, stones, and women." On Jeju Island in South Korea, the women work as haenyeo. They dive in the ocean to harvest sea creatures to sell so they can support their families. The men on the island take care of the children and cook. The haenyeo risk their lives every time they enter the water, and they do it without extra oxygen. Young Soo tells her story from her perspective in 2008 as an old woman, reflecting on her joys, sorrows, and regrets and the intense relationships that develop among the women who do this for their living. It's a story you won't forget about an extraordinary woman living an unusual, dangerous, and fascinating way of life during harrowing times.