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WRJ/Sisterhood Book Club

September 24, 2021 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

The Temple

5101 US-42
Louisville, KY 40241 United States
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Please join the WRJ/Sisterhood Book Club for fascinating reading and interesting discussions. On Friday, September 24, at 10:00 am, we plan to meet at The Temple in Jack’s Place lounge to discuss The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, a book about female friendship and devastating family secrets on a small Korean island. In March 2018, our group enjoyed reading Lisa See’s Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. If local COVID cases soar, we will continue Zoom meetings.

As described by Amazon, “Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who 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 find it impossible to ignore their differences. The Island of Sea Women takes place over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War, through the era of cell phones and wetsuits 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. 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 forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.”

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Susan Waterman at [email protected] with questions or comments.