The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

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The thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate--the first automobile any of them have seen--and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her audience. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley's happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Audio, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781508226550
Branch Call Number: FICTION See
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (14 hr., 13 min., 35 sec.)) : digital

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Dec 18, 2017

Excellent story. I used the audio book and was glad I did for the pronunciations alone. This story was heartwrenching at times but so enjoyable. Strongly recommend this one 😊

Jun 08, 2017

Lisa See's latest novel tells the story of Li-Yan, a hill tribe girl from Yunnan Province, who leaves her village for "outside" and becomes a tea business owner in both China and California. Along the way, the reader learns a lot about China's transition from 1970's Mao Communist state to today's entrepreneurial spirit of "make everyone rich". See also explores the growth of the tea industry, especially the sought after pu'er, and the phenomenon of Chinese girls being adopted abroad. It's all told from multiple perspectives which adds depth to the story. Like other See novels, this one ends on a cliffhanger which calls for a sequel. How does Haley reconcile her Akha heritage with her privileged American upbringing? How does her birth family protect and preserve the hidden grove with its mother tree and camphor bushes? Does Haley make a relationship work with her birth family and her adoptive family? Does Haley marry the son of her birth mother's greatest enemy?


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