The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

By Lisa See

  • Release Date: 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 216 Ratings)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Lisa See Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Sees best yet

    5
    By Pculea
    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.
  • Loved it

    5
    By Desireefaithr
    From start to finish, I couldn't put the book down
  • Great insights, couldn't put it down

    5
    By +ShumOne+
    This book is really a insightful look into a lot of things people might not normally empathize with. The plot is beautiful and well written. I loved it.
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

    5
    By Zumbafool
    I generally enjoy historical fiction and although this book is set in China (for the most part) during the past 30 years, because of the isolation and archaic customs of the ethnic minorities/hill tribes, this story had that same timeless feel to it. The reason this type of literature is of appeal is because I always learn something. Here I learned much about tea, it's harvesting and preparation, its scientific make-up and curative properties but I also learned about the particular challenges for international/inter-racial adoptees and their families. I also learned a lot about the ethnic peoples in China, their lifestyle and how much life has changed for them in the recent past. Lastly, I loved the emphasis on the different relationships between the characters: the mothers and daughters, the young lovers, even the nuances of the relationships between friends. It all felt realistic, the dialog, the fully developed characters (particularly as Haley aged), and the complexities of our relationships to those we are closest to. I would not describe this as a "light read" but I do highly recommend it.
  • Wonderful book!!

    5
    By woodycreekgirl
    her best book yet. i loved it...
  • The girl and tea bag humming bird

    1
    By Book rated
    It is horrible I do not recommend. :(

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