October Read: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See,
a moving story about tradition, tea farming, and the
enduring connection between mothers and
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 bad
match—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
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, and 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 two women separated by circumstance, culture, and distance, The Tea
Girl of Hummingbird Lane is an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and
a celebration of the bonds of family.
Also proposed:
The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
Once Upon a River, Diane Satterfield

One comment on “October Read: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  1. Donna Christie says:

    I will bring an appetizer and wine.

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