The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Author Lisa See
ISBN-10 385
Year 2017-03-21
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 gatethe first automobile any of them have seenand 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 Haleys 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 familys 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
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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