The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
ISBN: 9781501154843
1501154842
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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SJCPL_RA Dec 18, 2017

Read Harder suggestion, a book that takes place in a country you are curious about.


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aprilm336
Dec 28, 2019

January 2021

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Mjthiel
Nov 19, 2019

The book was rich and interesting in history and detail but I thought the stolid writing was not up to her usual standards and read like a high brow romance novel.

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / August 2018

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ccnoot
Aug 14, 2019

Costco

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SmokeyTwo
Apr 30, 2019

I listened to the audio version over 2 years ago. Anyone who enjoyed Memiors of a Geisha would probably enjoy this book. I like the rich culture, though harsh at times. This is a book I would enjoy re-reading. I thought is was very well written, and the narration well done.

Mer15113 Feb 21, 2019

Ok, might think about it as a book club bk

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LibraryLES
Feb 19, 2019

The story was slow in the beginning and all along you kind of see what is going to happen. None the less, I enjoyed the story and the cultural elements of this book.

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eilokeeffe
Dec 31, 2018

I enjoyed learning about a culture I had never heard of and about the finer points of tea processing. There were some fairy tale aspects to the plot. Especially the marriage to the wealthy and inexplicably available recycling tycoon. The cancer cure revealed near the end is also a stretch of the reader's credulity. The coming of age themes for both mother and daughter are the best part of the story. Both women had to overcome great obstacles and learn to rely on themselves. Obstacles of poverty and ignorance contrasted nicely with the barriers set up by privilege and affluence. We knew they would find each other in the end and it was nicely done, despite the predictability.

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Bartcoy
Oct 13, 2018

This book is now part of my top 10. I loved the ending!

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PDBurt
Oct 09, 2018

Good Historical Fiction, well written, but too drastic a swing from poor to rich, a modest amount of success would have been more believable. Nothing surprising about the plot but I was surprised that her childhood took place in the 1990s, I would have thought more like the 1890s. This area of western China is portrayed as very isolated and behind the times to the rest of the country. That changed. I liked the parallel inserts about the adopted daughters life growing up in America. I give it 4 stars.

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