The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 21, 2017 - Fiction - 371 pages
A 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 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 readers. 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.
 

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I was a fan of Snowflower and the Secret Fan, but Tea Girl was a real let down. It's the story of a rural Chinese girl/woman and the daughter she gave up at birth. And there's tea. Lots of tea. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

I listened to the audiobook which was read by a cast of narrators. Again Lisa See has taken us into a little known area of the world and introduced us to the people living and working there. This book ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
35
Section 4
54
Section 5
57
Section 6
75
Section 7
89
Section 8
109
Section 16
181
Section 17
195
Section 18
215
Section 19
239
Section 20
251
Section 21
255
Section 22
287
Section 23
316

Section 9
129
Section 10
131
Section 11
144
Section 12
145
Section 13
165
Section 14
177
Section 15
179
Section 24
317
Section 25
335
Section 26
345
Section 27
364
Section 28
365
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About the author (2017)

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the Historymaker's Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

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