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BBG Book Club - September 17, 2020

BBG Book Club - September 17, 2020
Join us at 6pm as we enjoy wine, water and snacks and discuss this month's book choice: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. It's free! All are welcome and no reservations needed, just show up! If you prefer to join us via Zoom please copy and paste this link into your internet browser: https://zoom.us/j/91516996118?pwd=VVYwb3BFQmhoNkJnQVFIUSthNFNDZz09

Meeting ID: 915 1699 6118 Passcode: 394113

Book description:

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 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. 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.