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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. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. 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.
The book shed light on the lives of the Akha people, a minority group living in Yunnan Province in Southwestern China. In 1995 they lived in thatch type homes without electricity or running water. There were few motorized vehicles in their remote area. They scraped out a living picking and selling tea leaves. The story delves into the effect that superstition and China's One Child Policy had on the lives of the Akha tribe and the country of China as a whole. It follows the path of a young Akha girl and her struggle for existence. I will not say more because this is a book you must read to appreciate.
Thank you Lisa for giving us the gift of this wonderful book!
about ten and the people who grow it interesting is a miracle. The characters are alive, real and
worth investing in. I really liked this book a lot