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Literary Nonfiction. Creating a New life of Healing on Jeju Island. Jeju's magic brings both blessings and curses. Its volcanic topography is beautiful but left the island with a harsh environment; hidden underneath the peaceful fishing villages lie the scars of Korea's painful modern history. Around 25 years ago, after the passing of her young son Tommy, Brenda Paik Sunoo struck out on a journey in search of harbors for the heart. Of all the different places she visited, it was this island that drew her in, and she decided to build a home there. STONE HOUSE ON JEJU ISLAND is a record of building and moving into a home in a foreign land, and an adventure yarn about tackling a new life in one's twilight years.
Brenda Paik Sunoo is a third-generation Korean-American writer and photojournalist based in Jeju Island, South Korea. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor's degree in sociology and received a masters of fine arts in creative writing from Antioch University. In 2009, she spent a total of seven months conducting research on Jeju Island's aging free divers, known as haenyeo. This project resulted in her book MOON TIDES: JEJU ISLAND GRANNIES OF THE SEA (2011), which contributed to the successful campaign for UNESCO designation of the haenyeo as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. She's also written STONE HOUSE ON JEJU ISLAND: IMPROVISING LIFE UNDER A HEALING MOON (2018), SEAWEED AND SHAMANS: INHERITING THE GIFTS OF GRIEF and VIETNAM MOMENT.Author City: Hanoi VIE