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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane 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 subtle and developed over the course of the book and it would have added depth And just what was the thing with her ending up married to some rich guy and then life is perfect the ending was a little too much for me with everyone being great but it's fiction I guess I did enjoy the characters and the immersive writing that let me experience the culture and values vividly The topic is such a relevant one of changing cultures and commodification through globalization and trade The story circled back around in the end which was great and unexpected because I didn't think they'd end up meeting I mean until like the last chapter by then you know it's obviousI would read it if you enjoy fiction relevant to the cultural and societal changes in the present Narratives have a way of making us understand things empathetically than we would otherwise 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 HanWith 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 paintings and the story itself flows like skillfully inscribed calligraphyThe story encompasses the growing pains of a culture that is propelled from history and tradition into modern times and modern economics It centers on whole families and broken families taboos and breaks with tradition superstition versus education centuries of secrets versus technology’s all seeing eyes separations and reunions and the role that tea plays out through generations of living in the high elevations where the most precious tea trees flourishThis story also has branches reaching outward to California and through the lives of our characters we follow the links and connections between people that eventually bring them back to their roots and to reuniting with their familiesThis is such an interesting captivating and deeply stirring read that it is only when I had to set the book down that I realized how much I was also learning I highly recommend this wonderful book that is so rich in texture deeply moving and consummately satisfying 45 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 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 fate and love There are multiple layers here Li yan's life and journey not only reflects the Akha culture but then how the country changes in the years after The Cultural Revolution and in places outside of the village A secondary narrative depicts what it might be like as an adopted Chinese child living in America but yet wondering about her roots and feeling connected to where she was born It's about even than these characters and this people that I knew nothing about until this reading this book It's about the things shared by all people love coming of age mistakes and redemption about the strength of two women Li yan's desire to be than what her culture reuired of women and her desire to do what she has to do to find what she has lost is at the center of the story Her mother whose love for her daughter gives her the strength to break with the traditions and beliefs out of love is one of my favorite characters In the isolated place called Spring Village the Akha people believe in the meaning of dreams the hierarchy of power and importance the spirits many superstitions and strict rules Rules that would reuire a father to kill his babies if they were born twins then banishing the parents rules that reuire the same from an unwed mother With these odds against her and given the lowly position of women in this society Li yan boldly defies the rules The modern world after some years comes to the village and Li yan goes to the modern world as does another from the village I anxiously awaited the time when these two would meet again This would have been 5 stars for me but even though the tea is central to the story you get everything you ever wanted to know about tea and then some and this was just a bit too much at times However this is a satisfying captivating story that I definitely recommend especially to Lisa See's fans I received an advanced copy of this from Scribner through Edelweiss and NetGally Simply thisLisa 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 sufferingThe Akha people of the remote mountainous tea regions of China live in almost pure isolation At the very center of their existence is a deep seated unwavering respect for family and tradition Each member of the community adheres to the ancient customs passed on reverently from father to son and mother to daughter The very thought of becoming an outcast because of disrespecting those customs is unspeakableLisa See centers her story around Li yan an extremely bright young girl who has the rare promise of an educated future within the village Her family is wise in the ways of growing the finest of teas and producing the ancient art of curing and fermenting the leaves But the sweetness of innocence is marred when Li yan finds herself pregnant and without a willing husband It is through this very circumstance that Lisa See begins to unwind the ribbon of Li yan's life and the affect it has on those around her Secrecy breathes in and out throughout the story as Li yan places her precious baby in a box at the door of an orphanage This child will draw us into her own remarkable cycle of life as far away as AmericaLisa See presents a storyline that focuses on the magnetic pull that finds itself at the heart of families Gone With the Wind had Scarlett holding a fistful of the dirt from Tara in her clenched hand vowing to never be poor again Li yan wraps an ancient tea cake among her baby's clothes on that fateful day It is that very tea that provided work tradition respect and an indescribable sense of relevance in the scheme of life We are reminded of our connection to all things simple and yet profoundThe streaming of this story takes us through the emotional and through the ties of the intellectual The weight of the history of tea may seem very intricate to some and yet it is through this expansion of information that we experience the varied layers of its worth Sipping your next cup may cause you to pause next time and take in than just its exceptional flavor 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 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 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 city As Li yan comes into herself leaving her 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 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 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 HmmmSteeped 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 to be able to leave her at the city's orphanage The life path she follows leads her to becoming a tea Master in her own right and the search for her daughter begins many years laterThe role tea plays is at the heart of this story and how the lives of both mother and daughter are entwined with it; it's essence; it's power; it's connectivityBeautifully written this gets 5⭐️I won this as a Goodreads giveaways for an honest review Thank you Goodreads This one is a keeper Full of life metaphors heartbreak and hope this stunning book centers on a remote ethnic minority and their unwavering beliefs that are both beautiful and deeply punitive Culture love life death adoption tribal evolution and tea So many elements are entwined in this story that grows in every way I am a different person after reading this book Perspective and the opportunity to learn are such generous gifts Thank you Lisa SeeMy favorite uote 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 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 than pleased to have the opportunity to read her latest The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneLi 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 with much respect for those with age and experience They have some fairly strict practices in some respects and in others they are fairly lax Li Yan’s mother is a midwife and it is expected for Li Yan to learn under her tutelage Li Yan is also one of the few members of her family and neighbors to finish school to have dreams of than a life of tolling in the fields picking tea leaves All the same she recognizes the importance of their history their rituals and as the world is changing they will also need her to advance in school so they can represent themselves their wishes to those outside the hills As in life sometimes there are obstacles not easily overcome and the Akha are a culture with harsh rules based on superstitions traditions Of course there is also a great deal of beauty in these traditions as well and a strong sense of community Another piece of this story is told through adopted young teen girls the feelings any adoptive child goes through but there are uniue aspects to a young Chinese child adopted by ethnically different parents raised in America another country The struggle to have to determine exactly how and where her story begins how she fits in and will she ever know her real story from the beginning There’s a segment of this story that is about tea the growing of tea in the hills where Li Yan lives the traditions of serving tea the different types of tea the fluctuations of the value on tea and how the economy of it affects all but perhaps most importantly affects the Akha in this story The pricing selling buying of it affected by unscrupulous business practices It’s seamlessly woven into Li Yan’s day to day life and I enjoyed learning about tea Pu’er tea specifically – to a point – but I was glad when the story veered back and returned the focus to Li Yan’s personal journey This is one of those books where I think you are better off not knowing too much you should just experience it yourself It’s a story of family forgiveness and finding your way through this crazy life Pub Date 21 Mar 2017Many thanks for the ARC provided by Scribner 35 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 rather strange inheritance to pass on which will figure prominently in this story The culture is a harsh one their is one part that is short lived but difficult to read and it will make evident that this young girl will never be a midwife Li Yan herself will endure many challenges personal failures and a devastating event that sets the stage for much of her personal journeyI loved reading about different cultures and Li Yan was a fantastic character I enjoyed the first part of this book immensely my heart fully invested in this young woman her journey her hopes and her sorrows The second part of the book was a little different the character still prominent but I felt overshadowed by all the discussions of tea Starting a business a new life the price and making of pu'ur and while I found this interesting in many ways the pulls on my heart lessened and turned into an intellectual fascination I wish a better balance would have been maintained in the second half but I did enjoy this story and learning about a different culture As usual with her books this was well written well researched though the pace was much uicker in the first half as wellARC from publisherPublishes in early March 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 business however I did find it a bit overwhelming at times I enjoyed the narration of this novel by Li yan who was raised in a remote Chinese mountain village I think the author Lisa See did a fantastic job telling the story through her eyes Li yan captured my heart within the first few pages and my love for her only grew stronger as I absorbed the chapters of her story One thing that really stood out for me and that I will never forget reading about is the concept of “grateful but angry” I won’t get into detail about it so as not to reveal too much of the story It is a concept I hadn’t ever considered before and it will stay with me long after finishing this bookI found it fascinating to learn about the Chinese Akha cultural traditions beliefs and rituals I had a VERY hard time reading about some of the cultural customs – they were so difficult for me to read that I had to take a break and set the book aside after finishing one chapter I am happy I continued on because knowing these things makes the story all that much stronger and powerful For most Akha people their heritage and beliefs are stronger than anything else in life – they follow customs and traditions without uestioning anything What I found interesting was that for other Akha people their heritage and cultural beliefs are challenged by their parental instincts they face an inner struggle between the two The parentchildfamily bond is a strong theme throughout this novelOverall I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it


About the Author: Lisa See

Lisa See is a Chinese American author Her books include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2005 Dragon Bones and On Gold Mountain She was named the 2001 National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women She lives in Los Angeles


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