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Reading a Woman’s Perspective Is Exciting

Lisa See’s latest novel, The Island of Sea Women, explores a matrifocal society of haenyeo, female divers on the tiny Korean island of Jeju.

It took See eight years to begin her project on the women of the island, who support their families by diving sixty feet for seafood, but once she did, she became fascinated and compelled to write about them while their culture still exists.

She reminds us that women writers haven’t been getting published for all that long, and as a result, men have written most female relationships in literature. "As a woman, I want to read, hear, and see stories about women, many of which have, until recently, been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up."

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Tue, 2019-05-07 01:52