The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Li-yan and her family organize their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been that way for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate--the first automobile any of them have seen--and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter are separateed, Li-yan slowly emerges from the insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley's happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501154829
1501154826
Branch Call Number: FIC SEE
Characteristics: ix, 371 pages

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Bartcoy
Oct 13, 2018

This book is now part of my top 10. I loved the ending!

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PDBurt
Oct 09, 2018

Good Historical Fiction, well written, but too drastic a swing from poor to rich, a modest amount of success would have been more believable. Nothing surprising about the plot but I was surprised that her childhood took place in the 1990s, I would have thought more like the 1890s. This area of western China is portrayed as very isolated and behind the times to the rest of the country. That changed. I liked the parallel inserts about the adopted daughters life growing up in America. I give it 4 stars.

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bethwpr
Sep 25, 2018

Excellent read, compelling story. I never lost interest and dove into a world I know nothing about. I gave it four stars because I'm picky about giving out five stars, LOL. Worth your time to read.

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lizhulleman
Sep 01, 2018

Good book enjoyed learning about tea also learned about the customs still being observed in laor thialand in 1990's twins being killed one child per family etc.
Good ending

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SusanRoper
Aug 03, 2018

Initially, I really liked this book. But, by halfway through, I was skimming page after page. Overall, I feel like I wasted hours of my life reading it. I wouldn’t recommend it. Predictable.

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seauxmckenzie
May 30, 2018

I haven't read a book that touched my heart like this one did in a while. I found myself completely lost in Li-yan's transformative journey from a naive young girl into her own womanhood. As a young woman who has made mistakes and is doubtful about the future, this was such an inspiring read. I also thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Akha culture and Pu'er tea growing!

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Vincent2017
May 19, 2018

A fascinating book. Enjoyed it very much. Definitely a 5 star read

Cheryl_JHL May 09, 2018

A colleague recommended this to me because she knows I get a little nerdy about tea. The story was engaging - it was one of few books that I was inspired to "sneak off and read" when I could get a chance. I enjoyed the main character's perspective and some of the other insights and cultural pieces offered in the book.

It definitely does get into tea - the harvesting, the making and history of pu'er, the market over the years, the steeping and some of the lore.

If you are a tea lover who likes a good "triumph over adversity" story, this is a good read for you!

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iamirak
Mar 26, 2018

I enjoyed the book largely because of what I learned about different aspects of tea culture and the Ahka. There were passages where I felt there were too many details for my liking, but overall I appreciated this book.

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ruthdelagiroday
Mar 19, 2018

This is my favourite book that I've read all year. I'm a sap. So expect a fairy tale story of sorts.
It's not overdone, & it's worth the read. It follows the story of a young girl into motherhood, her children, her family, and the path she takes throughout her life. In trying to write this comment about the novel right now, I am finding it difficult to not give away important details. So, just read it. If you like reading about love, loss, culture, and strong feminine protagonists, then pick this book up.

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May 30, 2018

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cknightkc
Jan 04, 2018

“No coincidence, no story.” - p. 3

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