Oprah Magazine names The Island of Sea Women one of 4 of the “Buzziest” new reads of the year:
Off the coast of South Korea lies Jeju, known as Island of the Gods, where women once were the breadwinners—er, sorry: fishwinners. Meet the haenyeo, the guild of female divers who spend their days underwater searching for food to harvest and sell. They might sound like the stuff of myth, but since the 17th century, real-life haenyeo have held their breath and plumbed the seas, fighting off octopuses, sharks, and abalones. Meanwhile, their husbands stayed home and tended to chores and children.