The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (4 out of 5) 

I like Lisa See a lot. I was very excited to hear she had a new one coming out in March. I think Wendy sent it to me around the holidays. Suffice to say, here we are in June and I am just now getting around to it. It is out in hardcover (since March, actually) from the publishers at Scribner (a Simon & Schuster imprint), so go grab a copy. I enjoyed it immensely. 

Li-yan, one of the few girls in the Yunnan village who doesn’t buck the new ways of the world, helps a stranger in a Jeep navigate the ways of the village. He finds the tea he was looking for and Li-yan finds herself having a baby out of wedlock, and leaving the baby (Haley) by an orphanage. Haley grows up a well adjusted American, while Li-yan wonders every minute of every day where her baby is. The tea that is a way of life for the Yunnan may provide answers as it provides comfort through the generations. I loved the story of the two women trying to forge a connection through tenuous means, and learning to grow up and beyond the culture and to try to find one another. Every time you pick up a Lisa See book, the learning experience grows, as does your appreciation for the fine writing experience you have just been a part of. Go and be part of the experience! 

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~ by generationgbooks on June 8, 2017.

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