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Author: Lisa See Narrator: Gabra Zackman, Jeremy Bobb, Joy Osmanski, Kimiko Glenn, Ruthie Ann Miles, Alexandra Allwine, Alex Allwine, Emily Walton, Erin Wilhelmi, others Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781508226543
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.

A powerful story about 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 of family. 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 the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

About the Narrators

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.

Jeremy Bobb is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an accomplished actor whose film credits include The Knick, Godless, Mosaic, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He has performed in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Is He Dead? and Cactus Flower.

Joy Osmanski, theater, television, and film actress, is an award-winning audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards. She graduated from Principia College with a degree in creative writing and received her MFA from UC San Diego.

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, named a best book of the year by Time, Washington Post, Financial Times, New Yorker, Globe and Mail, and the New York Times. He has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize five times and hailed as “the novelist who’s shown us fiction’s future” (Washington Post), as well as named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Frankie Maria Corzo is a film and voice-over actress and audiobook narrator. She obtained a BA degree in theater studies from Montclair State University.