The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo 2004 (240 pgs)
A young Japanese girl’s training as a pearl diver comes to an end when she discovers she has leprosy. Shipped off to a quarantined island, she must leave behind even her name. Although her disease doesn’t progress any further due to newly discovered preventative drugs, she is still an outcast and an exile. With her former life over, her focus instead becomes finding a kind of peace with her life.