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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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“Lisa See transports readers to the remote mountains of China…come for the heartwarming bonding between mother and daughter; stay for the insight into Akha culture and the fascinating (really) history of the tea trade."
"With strong female characters, See deftly confronts the changing role of minority women, majority-minority relations, East-West adoption, and the economy of tea in modern China. Fans of See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will appreciate this novel.”
"With vivid and precise details about tea and life in rural China, Li-Yan’s gripping journey to find her daughter comes alive."
"A riveting exercise in fictional anthropology."
Praise for Lisa See's China Dolls:
“Superb. . . This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity.”
–The Washington Post
“A fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese American woman.”
–The New York Times
“Stellar. . . The depth of See’s characters and her winning prose make this book a wonderful journey.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“China Dolls is [Lisa See’s] most penetrating novel since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.”
–The Seattle Times
“A spellbinding portrait of a time burning with opportunity and mystery.”
–O: The Oprah Magazine
“See has crafted a captivating, profoundly American story.”
–The Miami Herald
Praise for Lisa See's Dreams of Joy:
“A riveting, meticulously researched depiction of one of the world’s worst human-engineered catastrophes.”
“A stunningly-researched epic.”
–Los Angeles Magazine
“A vivid, haunting, and often graphic portrait of a country, and family, in crisis.”
“Once again, See’s research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world.”
—The Washington Post
“Excellent. . . lives up to its predecessor’s magic.”
–The Dallas Morning News
“With this fraught, adversity-filled story set at an interesting time in history, See proves again with her meticulous research, knowledge and insights of Chinese culture that she can spin a character-rich tale that enlightens.”
–The Miami Herald
Praise for Lisa See's Shanghai Girls:
“Stunning emotional depth.”
–San Diego Union Tribune
“[A] compelling family saga…Satisfying on so many levels.”
“Shanghai Girls is much loftier than its cover art’s stunning portrait of beautifully adorned Asian women…The detail is thoughtful and intricate.”
—Janet Maslin, New York Times
“See masterfully weaves the intimate story of these sisters and their extended family with the larger tales of Chinese immigrants struggling to get along in an unfamiliar, often hostile land.”
–Arizona Daily Star
“Highly recommended. . . possibly [See’s] best book yet.”
“An accomplished and absorbing novel. . . [Lisa] See’s skillful plotting and richly drawn characters immediately draw in the reader, covering twenty years of love, loss, heartbreak and joy.”
–Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)
About the Author
Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of 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. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.
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Full disclaimer, I am a huge fan of Lisa See’s works so I was inclined to like this book from the start, however I can truly say this is my favorite of all her books so far. See seems to flex her writing muscles in the vivid descriptions of the lush environment of the Akha tribe, its dangers and simpler way of life. The reader is fully immersed in the beauty and culture of Li-yan’s world, experiencing her inner turmoil fighting her lot in life and then the culture shock she experiences later in the city. As with all of See’s stories, there is a bittersweet quality to Li-yan’s story and the highs are magnified and all the more precious because of the lows. I enjoyed the surprising treat of a love story that developed from this and the way the characters bonded through their losses. See writes with a depth of character and setting that allows the reader to truly inhabit the story and, like the huigan or returning flavor of the teas in this book, the story is one to be savored long after it ends.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this story from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Li-Yan gives birth to a daughter at a young age and not married. She has to give up her daughter who is adopted by an American family.
The Akha villagers grow, harvest and sell a brand of tea called Pu'er.
The book ties together the mother-daughter bond and how even though miles apart they think about and love each other.
This was a book I just could not put down.
Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
Thank you LIsa See for another wonderful journey.
Another beautiful story.
This was an engrossing read. It was a gentle, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book. A young girl named Li-yan is part of the Akha people living in rural China. They are considered an ethnic minority and are very isolated from modern lifestyles. Her family’s life revolves around their traditions and heritage, and the growing of tea. Li-yan, on the other hand is different. She has aspirations, she is intellectually curious, bright and kind hearted. Unfortunately, she becomes pregnant out of wedlock and this is what drives her story.
It’s a wonderful book. About the ties of family, heritage, tradition , culture and how those things bind us to each other. Our shared story, our love for one another, are like roots that anchor us while we travel through life. They give us stability and are invaluable. I’m so envious. My family is a multi-generation American family. We have roots in Spain, France and Italy and also part of the Native American tribes of New Mexico and Arizona. My family has moved on from the reservation so long ago that no one alive remembers anymore what it was like, the details of our customs, language or who our people were. Somewhere along the line, we assimilated. To my mind, it’s a terrible thing. I suppose that’s one reason why I love Ms. See’s books so much. They are rich and full of life, full of people who are able to retain their connection with the past.
I also can be sure that I will always learn something new from a book by Ms. See. My favorite, Peony in Love, taught me about Chinese opera and the Chinese afterworld. It is a beautiful, poetic book. From Shanghai Girls I learned about the awful Nanking atrocities, Angel Island and the immigrant experience in California. The second novel in the Shanghai Girl series, Dreams of Joy, taught me a great deal about the Cultural Revolution in China and the Great Leap Forward. Both of those books are tragic and wonderful.
I was so thrilled to receive this book from the publisher. I knew I would enjoy it. I’m quite sure I’ll be reading it again in the future. Don’t hesitate to read it too if you enjoy Women’s Literature or books about China.
Bonus Link: After reading about the Akha people and hearing descriptions of their headdresses I had to see what it was all about. Please visit this site for more details and pictures!
Song for this book: Somewhere Only We Know – Lilly Allen
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley.
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