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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel (edição: 2018)

de Lisa See (Autor)

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"A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. 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. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. 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 have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and 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, 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"--"A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple"--… (mais)
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Título:The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel
Autores:Lisa See (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2018), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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I was a fan of Snowflower and the Secret Fan, but Tea Girl was a real let down. It's the story of a rural Chinese girl/woman and the daughter she gave up at birth. And there's tea. Lots of tea. This was a very fast read and the plot does move along. Maybe a good airplane or vacation read. But I found the plot devices--like the letters used to hurry along the plot without having to tell the story--obvious and tiresome. All the fairytale events-- like the romance with the super-rich Jin, were silly and unbelievable. You could see the ending coming 200 pages away. After the subtle and surprising plot twists and turns of Snowflower, Tea Girl seemed rushed and poorly thought out. ( )
  technodiabla | Apr 15, 2021 |
b>The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - See
4 stars

It’s definitely a Lisa See book. The female protagonist has a close childhood friend who follows a very different life path. As adults, their relationship sours causing a predictable conflict. I’m becoming a bit tired of this trope. Fortunately the relationship between Li-yan and Ci-Teh is a minor subplot of this multi-generational story.

Li-yan is born into an isolated Chinese minority, the Akha. Isolation has prevented most modern changes to their traditional tea farming culture, but drastic change is coming. For most of the book, I felt that Li-yan was the unfortunate victim of her female statis, the restrictions placed upon her by the ancient culture, and the demands of the 21st century. It was never a happy story, even when Li-yan achieved some success and security. Li-yan seems to feel the impact of every social and economic change that takes place in her lifetime. It’s a lot to put on a single character. But, I do feel that I learned things about China that I might have known, but did not comprehend.

I enjoyed the details of the traditional Akha culture. I’m a tea drinker, so I thought the details of tea growing were interesting. I would have liked even more detail about the ecological and economic consequences of tea consumption, but I imagine I need a non-fiction book for that information. As a Southern California resident, I could vouch for the reality of the locations and upscale suburban atmosphere when the story moved away from China. The adolescent Haley annoyed me. I felt she and her adoptive parents were too stereotyped; their story seemed a bit too convenient. Despite a sense of fictional contrivance, Haley’s story addressed many issues of international adoptions. They are important concerns; which is why the book’s neatly tied up conclusion was disappointing. ( )
  msjudy | Mar 2, 2021 |
I listened to the audiobook which was read by a cast of narrators. Again Lisa See has taken us into a little known area of the world and introduced us to the people living and working there. This book is set partially on a remote mountain in China which is a famed tea-growing area. The people who grow the tea are part of a small ethnic minority who look, dress and speak differently from the majority of Chinese, the Akha people. The details about these people and their tea-growing are fascinating.

Li-yan is a young girl of the tribe when the book starts. She is brighter than most of the other students taught by a man who was sent to the remote area during the Cultural Revolution and he wants her to continue her education. Li-yan would like that as well but she has also fallen in love and wants to be with him. When a man from Hong Kong searching for a rare tea arrives at her village Li-yan also gets a glimpse of life off the mountain. Her parents don't approve of the boy she loves so he leaves the mountain to find work that will enable him to prove he deserves Li-yan. After he leaves Li-yan discovers she is pregnant; although the Akha people have no prohibition against premarital sex, in fact it is encouraged, having a child outside of wedlock is considered disgraceful. Li-yan and her mother go to the ancestral tea grove when it is time for her to give birth and then Li-yan takes her daughter to an orphanage in a bigger centre where she leaves the baby, together with a cake of tea, to be found. The baby is adopted by an American couple which was quite common during the time of the Chinese people being restricted to one child because most couples chose to raise sons instead of daughters. When her lover returns with enough money to marry Li-yan they leave to find their daughter only to find out she is no longer in China. They attempt to carry on their lives but their marriage ends tragically and Li-yan returns to her village for a while but she isn't really accepted. She returns to school and then is accepted into a prestigious tea academy. Seeing this training as an opportunity to help her village and the Akha people she goes to the city to open a tea shop to sell their tea, including the rare Pu-erh tea. Eventually Li-yan finds love and has other children but she still thinks about her daughter. E-mails, transcripts, letters and other written items help the reader learn about the daughter's life in California and we find out she is also wondering about her birth parents.

Relationships between mothers and daughters are a recurring theme in the book. Li-yan and her mother share more than just genes; in her mother's family ownership of a remote grove with very old tea trees is passed from mother to daughter. Li-yan's mother is a healer and midwife and she trains Li-yan in these arts as well. Li-yan's daughter's relationship with her adoptive mother is also important as the two struggle with giving Li-yan the opportunity to explore her cultural heritage but maintaining their Occidental lifestyle.

However, it was the information about tea cultivation and production that I found the most interesting. I am going to be looking for some Pu-erh tea. This is the description fo pu-erh from one website that sells it: " It is a bold tea with an earthy, slightly mossy aroma (from the fermentation process) and the taste is rustic with pleasantly sweet and chocolaty notes and a fruity finish. Medium tannins with no bitterness." Sounds fabulous. ( )
  gypsysmom | Feb 24, 2021 |
I don't know this author and borrowed this audio book from my local library on a whim. As a mystery thriller genre fan, I hardly read this type of fiction. What have I been missing! This book was soooo good. I LOVE the characters, the story and the narrators, everything! I need more of this. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
Enjoyed this book much more than Shanghai Girls and its sequel, Dreams of Joy. Another book that teaches about Chinese history, giving up a child and too much info on tea making. The cultural ways of Akha people really got disturbing - rejecting twins and their parents, encouraging sexual activity but not single motherhood, males are all that is important. Surprised that Li-yan was able to get educated in a school, lots of credit to first husband for trying to be loving with his setbacks, too ideal with second rich husband. Did not like how daughter's story of US life was told though believe the feelings were true to life. Too quick of ending. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
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"A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. 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. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. 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 have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and 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, 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"--"A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple"--

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