The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Synopsis: This story follows to friends, Young-sook and Mi-ji, both haenyeo (lady divers) on the island of Jeju in Korea, across many years. Starting in the 1930's and spanning Japanese colonialism, World War II, the Jeju Island Uprising, the Korean War, and the fall of the haenyeo, the two women and their friendship face the changes and hardships of war, conflict, and modernization.