Welcome to the final discussion of the Atlas Obscura Book Club Volume 2!
Today’s thread will be our final discussion of The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. We’ll be discussing everything from the chapter “Life-Giving Air” up through the end of the book, and sharing our final thoughts and feelings.Image: Ayn tran/CC BY-SA 4.0)
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And with that, let’s discuss the harrowing and emotional end of The Island of Sea Women. Whew, what a gut punch. Before we get into it, here’s some additional materials to check out:
Surprisingly there aren’t a ton of interviews with Lisa See about the book, but here’s the latest one I could find if you wanted to hear more about her process and perspective.
And finally, here is an interview with one of Jeju’s haenyo, who sounds as vibrant and strong as the figures painted throughout the novel.