Saturday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m.
Novelist Lisa See, who set her #1 NY Times Bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan among the Yao people of China, illuminates the customs of another ethnic minority, the Akha people, in her vivid new mother-daughter tale The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Don’t miss steeping in the saga of this potent master storyteller when Lisa See delights us with a reading, talk, q&a and signing.
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. In a remote Yunnan village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. 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 out 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. Li-yan slowly emerges from the insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley, the baby, 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 and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.
“With vivid and precise details about tea and life in rural China, Li-yan’s gripping journey to find her daughter comes alive.” —Publishers Weekly
“Lisa See transports readers to the remote mountains of China…come for the heartwarming bonding between mother and daughter; stay for the insight into Akha culture and the fascinating (really) history of the tea trade.” —Real Simple
Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.