Wednesday Night Book Club- November 2019
We'll be discussing The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See at our November meeting- join us!
From Goodreads: This moving novel encompasses tradition, tea farming,and the bonds between mothers and daughters. Li-yan and her family are members of the Akha people, driven by ritual, routine, and the seasons as tea farmers. When a stranger appears at the village gate in a Jeep, the appearance marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the villagers.
Over time, Li-yan starts to reject the customs that shaped her early life. She conceives a child out of wedlock, and rejects the tradition that would compel her to have her child killed. Instead, she leaves her daughter, Haley, near an orphanage in a nearby city with a tea cake tucked in her blanket. As Haley grows in California with her adoptive family, Li-yan leaves her village for an education, a business, and city life. Haley begins to wonder about her origins and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter.
This is a story that paints a portrait of a little known region, lesser known traditions, and the celebration of the bond of family.