SOCIAL SUPPORT – Bookworms
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For lovers of the written word, join us on the 2nd Friday of the month for a discussion on the group’s latest chosen read. For the first meet, come with your top picks for the group to explore and decide on a list. Participation can be casual, and you can find out the titles of the month’s read by giving us a call.
In May we will reviewing ‘The Island of Sea Women’ by Lisa See.
Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different backgrounds, as they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective. Over many decades—through the Japanese colonialism of the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the era of cellphones and wet suits for the women divers—Mi-ja and Young-sook develop the closest of bonds. Nevertheless, their differences are impossible to ignore: Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, forever marking her, and Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers. After hundreds of dives and years of friendship, forces outside their control will push their relationship to the breaking point.
This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a unique and unforgettable culture, 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 female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.
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COST: $8 (includes cost of book and postage)
May 18 @ 4:00 pm
May 19 @ 12:00 am
May 20 @ 12:00 am