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Author: Lisa See Narrator: Kimiko Glenn, Ruthie Ann Miles, others Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781508226543
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2018 Audie Award Finalist

The 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 abandoned and adopted by an American couple—now available at a great value!

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 audience. 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through Ruthie Ann Miles’ earnest narration, listeners are quickly drawn into a culturally complex and historically rich story…Multiple narrators give scope and varied characterizations to several scenes, but the bulk of the narration is done by Miles from the perspective of Li-Yan and by Kimiko Glenn as Hayley. See’s writing is evocative…and the cast serves to enhance her storytelling through spirited characterizations and a keen understanding of each person’s relation to the overall work. Ideal for fans of historical fiction, coming-of-age tales, and tea.”

    AudioFile

  • “A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, discussion,k and an overwhelming desire to drink rare Chinese tea.”

    Washington Post

  • “An alluring escape, a satisfying and vivid fable that uses an Akha belief to tap into our own longings for coincidence.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “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

  • “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

  • “With strong female characters, See deftly confronts the changing role of minority women, majority-minority relations, East-West adoption, and the economy of tea in modern China.”

    Library Journal

  • A March 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Fiction Narration
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Multi-Voiced Performance

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About the Author

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including Dreams of Joy, which made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. She 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 2003.

About the Narrator

Sophie Aldred is an English actress and television presenter best known for her role as Ace in the popular BBC television series Doctor Who during the late 1980s.