The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.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...


Details The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

TitleThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
ISBN9781501154836
Author
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherScribner
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, China
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Reviews The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • Elyse
    1970-01-01
    Lisa See fans.... ARE GOING TO BE HAPPY with "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane".ANOTHER HISTORY LESSON WITH INTIMACY of CHARACTERS....and TONS of HEART!!Lisa's new novel has all the elements we loved from several of her books...."The Snow Flower and The Secret Fan", "Shanghai Girls", and "Dream of Joys"....Compelling storytelling, historically-set in a remote region, and culture, well researched, beautifully woven plot, an expanded appreciation f...
  • Pouting Always
    1970-01-01
    The book was good but it got slow there in the middle, like at some points I was totally into it and then it would just get tedious. There were just parts of it that felt superfluous and they didn't add much to the story. Also I thought that maybe the growth in the characters could have been more subtle and developed over the course of the book and it would have added more depth. And just what was the thing with her ending up married to some rich...
  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars This story gives us a fascinating look at this ethnic minority known as the Akha in a rural village in a tea growing region in China. It also provides fairly in depth information on the tea industry. But this is Lisa See and so it is of course so much more. It has language that flows and characters that you grow attached to even though you might not understand their culture and a captivating story of mothers and daughters, families, fat...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    Simply this:Lisa See kicked in the door on this one. If you are a long-standing fan of her writing, you will have experienced the solid depth and breadth of her superb skill. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is exceptional. "All you can do is live," she says. "You don't have a choice. Life continues whether we want it to or not. The sun will rise despite our suffering."The Akha people of the remote mountainous tea regions of China live in almost ...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    I'm no tea connoisseur, but this story was so flavourful I could imagine myself sitting back enjoying a tea from The Naunnu mountains - perhaps even in a hammock. Hmmm.Steeped in traditions and superstitions, this is a richly textured story of Li-yan who becomes the only one in the Akha village who is fortunate enough to get an education. But young love intervenes and her path is changed. She is forced to give up her daughter but fortunate enough...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!I’d only read one book by Lisa See before Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I enjoyed it very much, so I was more than pleased to have the opportunity to read her latest - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane!Li-Yan and her family are Akha, an indigenous hill tribe who live in the higher elevations; they are classified by the Chinese government as part of the Hani. The Hani are “an official minority.” The Akha culture is one w...
  • Jaline
    1970-01-01
    This epic family saga begins in the high mountains of China where wild tea trees grow some of the most sought-after tea in the world. The people are known as the Akha people, one of 55 minority groups in a country whose majority group is called Han.With her renowned attention to detail and copious research, Lisa See has created a story that is as broad and sweeping as China itself yet her characters are formed like the most delicately detailed pa...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this story of Li-yan, born in a remote Yunnan village in China, of the minority Akha people.Rare tea is made from the trees here, and we learn so much about tea making, Chinese customs and beliefs, and life in a small village. Li-yan has a child very young, and she has a tough journey, but this shows the resilience of her people and this is a heartfelt story.This is my first novel by Lisa See and I really enjoyed it!Thank you to ...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    4 stars! Wow – did I ever learn a lot about tea and the Chinese Akha culture! I always love learning new things while reading and this book definitely educates the reader on the history, production and manufacturing, marketing and selling of tea as well as the drinking, enjoyment and health benefits. I am a tea drinker myself (I’m actually drinking tea while writing this review!), so I enjoyed learning about everything involved in the tea bus...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Once again Lisa See brings to her readers a different culture, the Akha, seeped in their own beliefs and superstitions. A culture that is immersed in the picking and cultivating tea leaves, though many barely make a living from this practice, having a hard time feeding their families. Li-Yan is a young girl in the village, her mother has prominence of a midwife and hopes that some day Li-Yan will take her place. She also has a secret and rath...
  • Mary Beth
    1970-01-01
    This book was way out of my genre and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It was so beautifully written and I got to experience a Lisa See book. It was a wonderful experience. This is a historical fiction book of the culture of China. I got to learn a lot about their beliefs and superstitions. When I saw the title of the book I was attracted to it since when I was younger I lived on a street called Hummingbird Lane.The story starts out about a...
  • PorshaJo
    1970-01-01
    Now *this* is why I love to read Lisa See's books. It transports me to this other time, other location, and just immerses me into the culture I know nothing about. I'll be honest, I did not care for her last two books, but this one just takes me back to her earlier books. Where See excels, is in her storytelling of Chinese women, traditions, and history. You often hear of such tragedies that people suffer, but how they pull themselves up, and pro...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    1970-01-01
    This book follows the life of Li-yan who is a member of the Akha hill tribe in China. Her family, along with a large majority of the tribe, makes a living growing and harvesting tea. The tribe has some very strict practices and rituals based on superstition. Twin births are considered defects and classified as human rejects. Custom requires that they be killed by their father and the parents banished from the community.Li-yan falls in love with a...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    This Lisa See fan has awaited this book for three, long years. My expectations were "cautiously" optimistic, however.I read her last five novels, with "Shanghai Girls" and the sequel "Dreams of Joy" being two of my all-time favorites. Her last book, "China Dolls," didn't quite live up to her previous ones in my eyes."The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" begins in the latter part of the 20th Century in a remote village situated high in the mountains ...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    1970-01-01
    For me, this is Lisa See's best work to date. Before I began to read the novel itself, I read through the Acknowledgements because I was curious about the amount of and quality of research that the author did prior to writing her book, and the information I discovered greatly enhanced the quality of my enjoyment of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. The rare Pu'er tea and the unique customs of the Chinese hill tribe, the Akha people are central to...
  • Bam
    1970-01-01
    I am listening to Sarah Chang playing Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D Minor and enjoying a cup of tea while writing my review this evening. I have long been a tea lover (no coffee for me!) so on that subject, this book was utterly fascinating for me, being filled with all aspects of tea harvesting and processing but also with the poetry and philosophy of tea. My favorite quote:"In drinking the best tea, you and I are having a conversation with th...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    From reading other reviews for The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane I was intrigued by the tea in this story as tea is my choice of beverage while reading. It used to be wine but I read too much for that. I loved the quiet time reading and drinking my tea with this remarkable and intriguing book that drew me into a fascinating world of pu’er tea and culture. I partially listened to the audiobook and found it a good one to listen to as well. The sto...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars. Wow. This book. I was quickly reminded of why I studied anthropology in undergrad. Culture. This book was filled with Ahka culture: the spirituality, the superstitions, the food, the work, the daily life, and the tea. The Ahka are an ethnic minority group living in a mountainous region of China famous for its ancient tea trees. We watch Li-yan grow up in this culture, where she is going to be a "first woman," and eventually get a forma...
  • Margitte
    1970-01-01
    This is a go big, or go home kind of book. Targeting a global village of readers from different walks of life. Reading this book is not only a story, it is a journey through history, into a documentary field and finally lying down in a political hotbed. Now, add a strong mother-daughter bond, with a mother tree into the mix, and you have the whole picture.There are three main themes in the book:1) The introduction of the Akha People from the Yunn...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    1970-01-01
    The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane sounds like just another pretty name, when you first spot it. It brings promise, as does the author's well-known name, Lisa See. A promise of secrets, twilight and fantastic cultures it might take you too.I'm going to tell you that it delivers. Brace yourselves for this book.Read full review here on my blog. Includes pics and links to buy.First of all, this is probably the first book about China that has not given...
  • Stephanie Anze
    1970-01-01
    Lin-yan is from a remote village in the Yunan province of China and also part of the Akha people. Her family are tea leaf harvesters, its how they earn their living, a very modest one. Lin-yan, however, is one of the few in her village that can aspire to higher education, which is an unusual route for a girl. When a foreigner visits her village inquiring about their tea, it sets off a series of events that will have a marked effect on Lin-yan's l...
  • ☮Karen
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsLisa See has made me very happy. She can always be trusted to provide historical pieces that both entertain and inform the reader. So even though the only tea I care to drink is Arizona Zero Calorie Green with Ginseng, I now know more about making tea in China than I could ever imagine, and I loved reading about the ancient customs and superstitions of the mountain people known as the Akha. Li-Yan's Akha family spent their lives selling ...
  • Marilyn C.
    1970-01-01
    5 Stars for Outstanding Writing and Character Development 3 Stars for Storyline Lisa See became a favorite author of mine when I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan many years ago. See writes stories that pull the reader into the Chinese culture, and has you come away feeling like you have learned something about their beliefs and customs. She develops her characters in such a way that you feel a connection to them, even though many of them don't...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    This book started off very slowly for me. I nearly gave up before I was 10% of the way done with the book (I went back to look at reviews from trusted friends to determine whether or not to keep going). Thankfully I made it over the hump and continued, because if I gave up it would have been my loss.Lisa See once again beautifully describes the life of Li-yan, a young girl who is part of an enthnic minority in China known as the Akha. Li-yan's co...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Rich in tradition and culture, this is an engaging story about mothers and daughters navigating through a changing world and the bridging of East and West. I enjoyed this book almost as much as my favorite See book, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. See’s research of the Akha tribal people is impressive. I was fascinated by the culture and lifestyle of these remote ‘hill’ people who believes that every living thing has a spirit. I was appalle...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsSpanning almost three decades from 1988 to 2016 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See was a truly lovely novel and one I'm tremendously pleased to have finally read.    In her Acknowlegements she stated " Every detail matters to me, and I try to be as accurate as possible."    This much I had already figured for myself but seeing her extensive list of resources and huge number of contacts really drove that point home.   ...
  • Diana
    1970-01-01
    This book made me wish I liked tea. It is rich in Chinese history as well as the tea making process, history of tea, tea facts, etc. Some of the history involving the Ahka tribe customs is shocking. The story spans nearly 30 years following Li-yan through her fascinating life. It explores culture, tradition and the bonds of family, particularly between mothers and daughters. This was my first Lisa See book and now I see why she is a favorite of m...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Another great novel by Lisa See. The book starts out in the late 1980's but it feels more like the 1880's. Li-Yan grows up in a remote mountain village where picking tea, homeopathic remedies and superstition is the only way of life. At 16 and unmarried, she has a baby and surrenders the child to an adoption center which sends her daughter to America for adoption. Li-Yan is fortunat...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    Lisa See does it again with this very well crafted novel. I appreciate the amount of research that had to have gone into the writing of this. Enjoyed learning about the complexities of tea and its history, though, it did seem to drag on a bit. I kind of wish that the story had stayed more in China and not ventured into the US as much as it did. Still very educational & entertaining. 4 stars.
  • Jeanette
    1970-01-01
    What to rate this? It's between a 3 star and a 4 star. My enjoyment was more toward the 4 star level.BUT! Definitely I have to be aware that I could become too verbose in this review. Easily, because there's a lot I could note within this epic of tendency toward the exponential / global tea market. And doubly so because Lisa See is an author I read in her entirety and have from book #1. I am a fan. It's long. And at points the tension is lost. On...