But this opening line of Lisa See’s new novel, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” is also a provocative challenge to the reader. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane follows the life of Li-yan, a member of the Akha hill tribe whose way of life is still tied to the land. It brings promise, as does the author's well-known name, Lisa See. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane sounds like just another pretty name, when you first spot it. Tune in as the Off the Shelf Book Club chats about Lisa See’s bestselling novel THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See was an enjoyable and satisfying read. All 68 characters in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane are alphabetically listed along with character descriptions. This information about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly "Publishing This Week" newsletter. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Lisa See, 2017 Scribner 384 pp. the tea girl of hummingbird lane by Lisa See ‧ RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2017 A woman from the Akha tribe of China’s Yunnan province becomes a tea entrepreneur as her daughter grows up in … Growing up picking tea leaves each season with her family and living without electricity or running water in a hut made on bamboo stilts, Li-yan’s life is a far cry from the modern world of the late 1980’s. You’ll learn some interesting traditions of the Akha and of Pu’er tea in the process. Perhaps the most shocking moment in the novel comes with the birth of the twins and what happens to them. The historical backdrop of China and of the Akha ethnic minority made this book a fascinating read. (They are compared to the Cree since they believe everything is a spirit – their beliefs, traditions and way of life conform to these rules and beliefs.) ISBN-13: 9781501154829 Summary A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. In her most recent book, "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane," Lisa See weaves worlds apart -- from East and West -- in a story about a family torn apart and shaped by globalization in China. A promise of secrets, twilight and fantastic cultures it might take you too. Join the discussion by leaving a comment or question below. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. 3. In The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, we learn about the Akha, a Chinese ethnic minority group, an indigenous hill tribe who live in small villages in the remote and isolated mountains in China. 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