Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyeo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea at the time of the Japanese invasion of mainland during World War 2. One day they are busy at their work when the two sisters suddenly and violently separated.
This story switches back and forth between Hana in 1943 and Emi as an old woman today, White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history. But pulling us back into the light are two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war.
Reading age: 17 years to adult.
RRP: NZ$37.00 Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand