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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.

A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

Fiction & Literature
March 21

Customer Reviews

CinnamonRich ,

Incredible Story with Great Insights

From start to finish this story is fascinating. I love the level of detail this author leverages to make you feel you are there watching this story unfold.w

Barbara Lee MS ,

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

This story of an adopted girl, her adopted mother’s love for her, her birth mother’s longing for her and the emotional confusion of the child is a universal theme made
All the more interesting by adding the international history, politics and culture of the people whose story is being told.
Linda See is a gifted writer whose novels always are woven by a golden thread through out / from the first paragraph to the last page the reader is carried along by this golden thread woven by Lina See’s creative imagination.

Pculea ,

Sees best yet

Loved this book, and felt it is Lisa Sees best book yet. Which says a lot as I have loved all of her books. As others have said, I learned a lot about tea, but loved the insight into children adopted by families of different cultures.

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