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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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"See is one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot."
—New York Times Book Review
"A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, discussion and an overwhelming desire to drink rare Chinese tea."
—The Washington Post
"Lisa See is a confident, lyrical, smart, impeccably researched writer ... [The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is] both unique and a universal story of motherhood."
—L.A. Review of Books
"Fans of the best-selling Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will find much to admire in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, as both books closely illuminate stories of women’s struggles and solidarity in minority-ethnic and rural Chinese cultures ... But in rendering the complex pain and joy of the mother-daughter bond, Lisa See makes this novel — dedicated to her own mother, author Carolyn See, who died last year — a deeply emotional and satisfying read."
"An alluring escape, a satisfying and vivid fable that uses an Akha belief to tap into our own longings for coincidence."
—San Francisco Chronicle
“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.
She was fortunate to have Teacher Zhang as her educational mentor and enrolling in programs, meeting Huang Benyu and son to learn about pu-er tea and other teas, other tea masters and revising her educational goals.
Li-Yan's pregnancy and leaving her baby for adoption is also very sad yet heartwarming.Her daughter's adoption by a family in California, while very emotional to Li-Yan, is amazing to read and learn about the adoptive family and their love and care for Yan-Yeh ---> Haley. It's amazing how much Haley is like her biological mother -- wanting to learn independently and succeeding in historical and scientific areas of tea. She is fortunate to have very knowledgeable adoptive parents and loving grandparents encourage in so many areas.
Li-Yan's meeting Mrs. Chag, her soon Jin and ultimately marrying him is a joy to read. It shows her skills in friendship, especially wi Ci-Teh and business successes and challenges.
Haley's trip to China with Sean to pursue her studies and meet her biological mother and their relationship is very special and the ending is just what she wanted it to be.
This book is totally awesome Thank you, Lisa See :)
I kept waiting for the dread but thankfully it never happens. Uplifting and hopeful right to the very end. Lovely and one I will 're-read. Thank you Lisa See for another adventure.