Author Lisa See is popular for historical fiction novels set in China or Korea that emphasize friendships between women. This novel brings her standard approach to a particularly compelling topic: the lives of fiercely independent female sea-divers on the island of Jeju. On Jeju, women are the income earners and make most of the decisions in the family. This cultural difference and the tumultuous history of Korea during the mid-twentieth century make this story an interesting read, even if the main plot is less tautly structured and compelling than some of See’s other works.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Clemens Mill Library)