LOL Reading Cafe

The Island of Sea Women

Author: Lisa See

Date: Wednesday April 7, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Venue: Virtual (Ladies Out Loud Reading Cafe FB Group[)

Members: FREE (with a paid 2020 membership)*

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ABOUT THE BOOK...

The Island of Sea Women

Author: Lisa See

The Island of Sea Women offers up an evocative tale of two best friends whose bonds are both strengthened and tested over decades by forces beyond their control. Set largely on the remote Korean island of Jeju, THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN follows Young-sook and Mi-ja, girls from strikingly different backgrounds who bond over their shared love of the sea. Working in their village’s all-female diving collective, the two friends come of age in a community where gender roles are anything but typical. Here, women are the primary breadwinners, the heads of household in all but name, and yet, as Mi-ja and Young-sook come to realize, there are limits to their control that can prove devastating.

Over the years, Young-sook and Mi-ja endure together the loss of parents, the dramas of marriage and childbirth, cruel family members, disruptive technological advances, and the ever-present dangers that accompany their livelihood. They also face growing unrest from the political turmoil that surrounds their homeland: Japanese occupation gives way to World War II, the Korean War, and its aftermath, leaving the residents of Jeju caught between warring empires. The daughter of a Japanese collaborator, Mi-ja will forever bear the mark of her father’s activities, while Young-sook looks poised to inherit her mother’s role as the leader of her village diving collective. As their husbands’ political ties and tumultuous world events threaten their friendship, Young-sook and Mi-ja see their remote island and everything they have known upended.

THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN deftly explores the complexities of female friendship and introduces readers to the remarkably strong and spirited female divers of Jeju Island. It’s also an eye-opening portrait of a country ravaged by decades of conflict and unrest, and a searing examination of the effects that foreign intervention can have on the evolution of a nation and of course individual lives. It asks the eternal questions: How do we find forgiveness? Can we find forgiveness? Booklist has called the novel, “A stupendous multigenerational family saga, See’s latest also provides an enthralling cultural anthropologyhighlighting the soon-to-be-lost, matriarchal haenyeo phenomenon and an engrossing history of violently tumultuous twentieth-century Korea… Stupendous…Mesmerizing.”

About the Author:

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the Historymaker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

LOL Reading Cafe - Book Shelf

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Oranges & Sunshine - Author Margaret Humphreys

The Light Between Oceans - Author M.L. Stedman

The Love Warrior - Author, Glennon Doyle Melton

The Shack - Author, Wm Paul Young

Lion: A Long Way Home - Author, Saroo Grierley

The Birth House - Author, Ami McKay

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Wall

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

Feeding My Mother - Jan Arden

The Full Catastrophe - Karen Elizabeth Lee

The Forgotten Ones - Steena Holmes

Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

Sea of Memories - Fiona Valpy

Educated - Tara Westover

The Witch Finders Sister - Beth Underdown

This Is How It Always Is - Laura Frankel

The Bookshop of Yesterday - Amy Meyerson

Becoming - Michelle Obama

Someone I Used to Know - Wendy Mitchell

A Good Wife - Samra Zafar

Where The Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

The Patient - Steena Holmes

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Gail Honeyman

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone - Lori Gottlieb

The Giver of Stars - Jojo Moyes

The Henna Artist - Alka joshi

The House by the Sea - Santa Montefiore

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

The Book of Lost Names - Kristin Harmel

The Jane Austen Society - Natalie Jenner

Clinical Trial - Tammy Plunkett

Lies We Tell Ourselves - Steena Holmes

Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese

The Island of Sea Women - Lisa See

The Push - Ashley Audrain

LOL Reading Cafe

The Push

Author: Ashley Audrain

Date: Monday May 3, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Venue: TBA

Members: FREE (with a paid 2020 membership)*

*Memberships can be purchased via membership tab.

*Food/beverage available to purchase and encouraged.

 

RSVP Required.

*Please note that no shows or last minute cancellations jeopardize the relationship we have with local cafes and restaurants and the success of this group.

*Food/beverage available to purchase and encouraged.

ABOUT THE BOOK...

The Push

Author: Ashley Audrain

A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family–and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for–and everything she feared. 

 

Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had. But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do. Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.

About the Author


ASHLEY AUDRAIN previously worked as the publicity director of Penguin Books Canada. Prior to Penguin, she worked in public relations. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children. The Push is her first novel.

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