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The Island of Sea Women
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel | Lisa See
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 all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point. This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.
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JoScho
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This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women‘s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the history that shaped their lives. #islandinthesun #songsofsummer

LibLib Oh my goodness! I was on a plane and read in their plane magazine about these women. So glad there is a book about them because it was an interesting read. 3d
Crazeedi I'm waiting for this one 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this one!!! 3d
OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶 3d
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Pickpick

Lisa See never disappoints. The rich cultural detail that she includes in her books add a layer of complexity to the plot that makes me feel I‘ve learned something when I‘ve finished reading. The island of Jeju, part of Korea, has a fascinating history especially the haeneyo-or women deep sea divers. The society is run by women-men take care of the kids and the home. There is sadness as well, Japanese/American colonizers did terrible things.

Samplergal Loved it. I had never heard of any of this history or about the women. One of my favorites of the year. 2w
ElishaLovesBooks @Samplergal I feel the same! It makes me want to travel there! 2w
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BooknerdsLife
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So far I'm half way through #Fahrenheit451 & finished one book in one sitting. And started a new audio book. A roughly 9.5 hours. Not great but going for more hours tomorrow. Speaking of more, saw this book sales at news agent and I just have to! All these for AU$18!
Been wanting to read Heroes & the tagged book. Read Lenny's Book of Everything & absolutely love it. This hardback was $25 now $3! Can't wait to read them
#bookhaul #24B4Monday

TheReadingMermaid Very nice haul 👍😃👍 3w
Andrew65 Going well, well done. 😊👍 3w
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Started this today. Fascinating look at a culture focused on women. . . #currentlyreading

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BookBelle84
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I loved the story of the Haenyeo and the setting of this novel. Lisa See brought my attention to events that I had never heard of throughout Korean history. While this one I did find to be a little slow in parts it is a beautiful story about forgiveness, family and friendships. Plus the cover is so pretty it doesn't even need a filter!

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TsPlace
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This well researched novel about the culture of the strong amazing Haenyeo, sea women, of Jeju Island in Korea is quite powerful and heartbreakingly emotional.
“Her house is a nest where she hides the joy, laughter, sorrows and regrets of her life.”
**Can you believe that I still have my copy of Heidi from when I was a very little girl!!!**

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Before reading this book, I had never heard of the island of Jeju, where gender roles were reversed and abelone diving was the way most women made their living I also never knew anything about the atrocities that occurred during the April 3rd incident back in 1948. While I learned a lot, this engrossing story is so much more than a history lesson. It's about generations of a family and the importance of culture, friendship, and forgiveness.

BooknerdsLife I've watched a Korean movie about these "sea women" years before so am super interested in the book ? 1mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @BooknerdsLife I'm super interested in that movie now, I'll have to look for it 1mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #TexasRoadhouse Edition! Accompaniment this optimally temperate and sunny evening is: NY strip medium with sautéed mushrooms, loaded baked potato (minus sour cream), garden salad with ranch (already finished), rolls, and peach iced tea. MMMmmm ?! Happy reads & happy eats! ???

LMJenkins Looks delicious! 1mo
cbowlin1921 Love those rolls! 1mo
Rachel.Rencher Now I'm craving Roadhouse 😋 1mo
Kimberlone Those rolls are dangerous! 1mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Librarybelle Thanks for posting this, @thereadingowlvina ! Maybe our next pick is on this list, @CouronneDhiver ! 2mo
thereadingowlvina @Librarybelle You're welcome! 😁 2mo
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palmerspageturners
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On the blog today, my 5 star review of this beautiful and emotional historical fiction novel The Island of Sea Women by @lisasee_writer ❤️📚I learned so much reading this book, and loved this story of strong women, family, and friendships. One of my favorite reads of 2019 so far! Thanks @breannetuttle for the recommendation! #theislandofseawomen #mustread #historicalfiction #books #reading #pageturner @ScribnerBooks

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Samplergal
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1. Yes. When my dad died, I stopped reading and knitting for three years.
2. I retired and joined a book club. I was “forced” to read the book and I haven‘t looked back.
3. I love London or a beach as a setting for books.
4. I love The Island of Sea Women.
5. Consider yourself tagged if you are reading this.

#wonderousWednesday

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one is on my list... 2mo
Eggs #1-I understand, it‘s such a blow. Lisa See—I‘m intrigued. Have you ready any other of her books? 2mo
Samplergal @Eggs This was the first and I loved it. I read the Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and only liked it. So I‘ll likely try another of hers. This one was just so educational, as I hadn‘t heard one thing about these women or the history of the massacre on this island. 2mo
Eggs Going on the tbr... 2mo
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jamicuns
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It is a slow start but once I got started I ended up reading the last 50% in one day. It follows the life of 2 best friends on the island of Jeju. It‘s a story that challenges you, making you think what would you do if you were each of these girls. They are caught up in some horrific situations that challenges their very core. I found the story beautifully moving, as it pulled at my heartstrings. “To understand everything is to forgive.”

BellaBookNook Pre-ordered this but haven‘t read it yet. I‘m glad it‘s good minus the slow start. 2mo
jamicuns @BellaBookNook let me know what you think after you read it. I was finishing 2 other books when I started this book (I am incapable of reading just q book at a time 🤦‍♀️😂) so it may not actually have a slow start, just that I was distracted. Let me know. 😀 2mo
BellaBookNook Will do. But I have the same problem lately (multiple books)😊 2mo
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a.bookish.byrd
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❤️

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Bookish_B
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I love how rich and well-researched Lisa See's books are. How you can be completely immersed in a culture and world so foreign to you but the human relationships bridge the distance. I love how she writes about female friendships and how loving, difficult and complicated they can be. And if that weren't enough I got to learn about fascinating, strong, brave women divers I'd never even heard of!

Eggs Beautiful photo! 2mo
Bookish_B @Eggs thank you! 😊 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review and great pic! 2mo
Bookish_B @erzascarletbookgasm thank you! 💓 2mo
pl.2886 Beautiful pic! I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. 2mo
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Pandalibrarian
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I‘ve loved Lisa See since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. This one did not disappoint. I loved listening about this island and the collectives of diving women. The narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life. And the messages of love and forgiveness resonate through the book. And that no matter how close two people are, we never truly know their whole story. A great read!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really loved this book. The setting and story were unlike anything I have read before. Such a cool look at a small culture and how it was changed by the world and politics over time.

Samplergal It was such a good book! 2mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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I love it when people are late for dinner! A margarita and a book while I wait 🤗📖🍹

Tamra They can be quite late in that case. 2mo
Expandingbookshelf @Tamra I hope they are! 2mo
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Redjewel_7734
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This is such a good book. Lovely & brutal, heart-warming & heart-breaking. Be warned there is brutality, abuse, rape, massacre...all of that; after all, these are lifetimes filled with war. But the story of the women...their strength, love, traditions, power & powerlessness, freedom & restriction. This story will wring every emotion out of you & it‘s so beautifully told. I want to know these women; I want to@reread this again for the first time.

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Reinee
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This book is amazing. The ties between the women in this good are almost unbreakable. The history is accurate. Its definitely a page Turner.

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sarahllane
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Do you ever finish a books and just have to sit there for a minute? This book rocked my world.
Anyone have any ideas for companion books to this one?

Bookish_B Have to tried her other books? Particularly Snow Flower & the Secret Fan? Also, not by her, Memoirs of a Geisha or The Joy Luck Club. 2mo
sarahllane @Bookish_B I haven‘t read any of those!! I own most, though, and have nearly picked up Joy Luck Club dozens of times. Maybe next time I‘ll just do it!🧡 2mo
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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

This is...fine. See has stuffed the book with research and the pacing of the novel is glacial. I also often stopped to wonder - was See the right person to write this story? A lot of the overstuffed feel stems from the fact that this is a historical novel written for an overwhelmingly American and white audience and the narrator does not trust the reader to follow. There was an instance where this worked...

balletbookworm (the contrast of the two women‘s weddings) but I don‘t need hanbok defined for me. I have google. 2mo
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GirlWellRead
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See's novel is incredibly rich in culture and history, both of which are marred by grief and a monumental historic event. Her writing is intricate and moving, and innately female. She explores the relationships between women: mother-daughter, sister, coworker, and best friend. The best friend dynamic is a particular kind of intimacy that opens you up to betrayal because there are things that you would only tell your best friend.

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bohemian_yogini
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Dare I say it....... Spring.... is here...!!!?!? 🌞😻📖

#bookswithbohemianyogini #currentlyreading #selfiesunday

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krismlars
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Lazy Sunday morning. I sadly can't read all day though, I need to get a 7 mile run in to prep for a May 11th half marathon.

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Bookish_B
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If you get a chance to see Lisa See during her book tour for this book you should! It's a really interesting talk. I'm excited to finally be able to start this 😊

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bibliostephanie
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Wonderful book about friendship and forgiveness. Also a great lesson in the history of the Korean island of Jeju. It‘s a painful book to read, but worth every heartbreak.

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Soubhiville
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Add me to the quickly growing list of Littens who love this book!

A story of friendship and family set on the Korean Island of Jeju, in a matriarchal society run by these diving fisher women. I knew nothing of this society or brutal history. I fell in love with See‘s characters, as always. She writes amazing leading ladies.

I‘m excited to go to the B&N bookclub next week to talk about this!

Stephaniereads1 I want to read this! 2mo
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Samplergal
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Bookish.com book recommendation for March 2019.
#bookishbingo

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Samplergal
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Gorgeous writing about friendship, family and forgiveness. Set on a South Korean Island, this story spans from 1930- 2008. I learned a tremendous amount about the matriarchal society of the Jeju haenyeo. Lovely. I will recommend this with 4.5 stars ⭐️ #BarnesandNobleBookClub

Addison_Reads I love the cover of this book. 💙 2mo
Samplergal So do I! @Addison_Reads It should win an award. (I‘m sure that‘s a thing, right?) 2mo
Addison_Reads @Samplergal If it isn't a thing, it should be. 😉 This is definitely a book I judged by it's cover and wanted to read it the second I saw it. I do believe in love at first sight....at least with books anyway. 💚 2mo
Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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cassiopia
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A captivating story of a truly deep friendship, but one event divides the two women tearing their friendship apart. Young-sook can't forgive or forget what happened in Jan 1949, but Mi-ja tries to make amends, even from afar, for decades. Will Young-sook find it in her heart to finally forgive her friend?

All I have to say is make sure you have a box of tissue, and ice-cream, on hand before finishing this one. #uglycrying #bnbookclub

Soubhiville I just finished and loved it too! 2mo
cassiopia @Soubhiville I can't stop crying. 2mo
Bookish_B This is my next book. Can't wait! 👏🏼 2mo
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GraciesLibrary
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This is a beautifully told story of love, friendship, and heartache. Told through the eyes of two girls whose journey through the tumultuous years of Japanese colonization, WWII, the Korean War and beyond tests the strength of their friendship. Extremely interesting is an in-depth look into the culture of the haenyeo, an all-female diving collective on Jeju Island, where women work and men stay home to care for the children.

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Wife
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I‘m going to give an #unpopularopinion. Lisa See is one of my favorite authors and I have loved everything of hers until this book. I just couldn‘t engage with the characters or the story. The detailed life of a haenyeo is interesting and shows that See did a lot of research. However, beyond that, it just wasn‘t for me. I‘ll give a 3/5🐚s so-so.

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Soubhiville
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#24B4Monday Happy Sunday morning! I‘m at about 13 hours and 50 pages in to a new book. I wish you all could hear Froedrick purring.

Happy reading today friends!

Crazeedi Awww so sweet!!😻 3mo
AmyG He is so sweet ❤️ 3mo
j.rye 😍 my goal is to have a hairless cat. They are so beautiful! 3mo
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Brewychock48 @Soubhiville ,he is Soo cute. I adore hairless cats😍 3mo
TheLibrarian 😻😻 3mo
Erofan Sleeping cutie 😻 3mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m really looking forward to this one! 3mo
Soubhiville @Rachel_nyc I‘m really enjoying it so far! I love this author. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Soubhiville Good to hear! I read this one last year and loved it. 3mo
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Tera66
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This book was mostly wonderful. Learning about these amazing brave women was so interesting and heartbreaking. The ending was a big nothing burger, but the story on the whole is worth the read.

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GinaKButler
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Easily my favorite book so far this year. Just beautiful!

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Lauren.Archer
Mehso-so

This should have been an epic sprawling book that spanned multiple generations. However this fell a little short for me. I never felt I connected with any of the characters, so therefore I personally cannot give that next level up. The story was interesting and well written, but it just was lacking the luster I wanted.

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cassiopia
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I don't know if it's the fact that I have a new *SUPER* comfortable mattress, or if he's still adjusting to our new home, but Domino has been more snuggly lately. I know it may not last long so I won't complain.

Time to get some reading in before going to bed for my 7am shift. SEVEN. A. M. I just may die. #coffeeplease

Endowarrior21 I will be at work for 2 hours when you punch in 😁 and I am working till 5 pm 3mo
cassiopia @Endowarrior21 I would not be able to handle that. I'm already not a morning person as it is. 5am would literally be impossible for me. Kudos to you. I bow to you. 3mo
CouronneDhiver I‘m a night owl but I start work at 7:00 am everyday... so brutal! 3mo
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LibrarianJen I‘m usually at work by 7 and first period starts at 7:25. I get up though at 4:45 to get me and the kids ready. 3mo
cassiopia @CouronneDhiver me too. I work retail and my SM knows I'm not a morning person so he schedules me to open once a week. 3mo
cassiopia @LibrarianJen omg!! I couldn't do that. Kudos to you. 3mo
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Floresj
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Admittedly, I didn‘t know much about Juju Island, and this historical fiction book did a great job of mixing history with a good storyline. The characters deal with so much hardship and grief, and struggle with dealing with all of instances. Good book about friendship, family, culture, and diving.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next up!

Aswenson Ooooh- so want to pick this one up! 3mo
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whatshesreadingnow
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*drying my eyes* Wow. This was such a heart stirring story. I was in tears near the end 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 + friends really is over disputes causing bitterness + distance. There‘s times what we see in our own mind isn‘t true reality in another‘s as in Young-sook + Mi-ja‘s story. Amazing + well-written. I highly recommend reading it. 5 ☆

Ingerella Lisa See is my favorite author. I can't wait to read this! 3mo
JennyM How can I not stack after that review 😊 3mo
whatshesreadingnow @Ingerella @JennyM I loved it - is a definite re-read for me!!! ❤️ 3mo
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GloVerdino
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I was going to give this book 4 stars until the last two chapters, and now I‘m giving it 5. What a beautiful story about friendship, forgiveness, and understanding. I‘ve never heard of Jeju Island but this book gave a glimpse into life on the other side of the world, the women on this island are amazing! I also don‘t know anything about the Korean War so those parts were a little more difficult for me to completely understand. Overall, wonderful.

vumblereads Did you ever go to the Barnes and Noble book club event? 2mo
GloVerdino @vumblereads Yes! I go regularly, I really enjoy the group at my local store and we have great conversations! Unfortunately, I can‘t go this month 2mo
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Bookish_B
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I just liked this stack of books with it's pretty cover from the Lisa See book signing a couple of weeks ago 😊

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

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Meeting Lisa See.

Blueberry Jealous... 3mo
wordzie So super 😎❤ 3mo
whatshesreadingnow 🙌🏻 3mo
Lcsmcat Excellent! 3mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Seeing Lisa See at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC. #independentbookstore #books #localbookstore

Mariposa_Bookworm I love Quail Ridge! Such a gorgeous store! 3mo
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Follow.my.read
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BookishMarginalia
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Another great #AuthorEvent at #indiebookstore #OxfordExchange in #TampaFL @WanderingBookaneer and I enjoyed the tea tasting, the talk by #LisaSee, and of course, meeting the author herself!

Ingerella I wanted to go to this so badly but I live in Jax and have to work in the morning! Lucky you!! 3mo
TrishB Cool pic 👍🏻 3mo
juliegumdrop How lovely! 3mo
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Melli She is one of my favorite Authors.. lucky you !! 3mo
Bookladylinda Love author events!!!! 3mo
Gissy You can make an photo album❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Chrissyreadit Would it be ok if I emailed you with SAT question? 3mo
Aussie4paws You look great 3mo
Latrelwhite Can‘t wait to read! I won a copy for next months Book Club meeting. She‘s one of my favorite authors love her books!💕 (edited) 3mo
MrBook Woooow!!! 😱😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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GinaKButler
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Geeking out over a book event!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙🙌🏻 3mo
BookishMarginalia @wanderingbookaneer and I were there too! 3mo
GinaKButler @BookishMarginalia Wasn‘t she fascinating to listen to? I can‘t wait to read this! 3mo
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