The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • by Lisa See
  • Narrated by full cast
  • 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A thrilling new novel exploring 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.
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.
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. A powerful story about a family separated by 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 that connects mothers and daughters.

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Stunningly compelling

I loved this so much that I implore everyone to listen, I'm sure you won't regret it.
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- halfmoonrunner

Another beauty by Lisa See

I have listened to a lot of Lisa See books now and this one was another beautifully written, heartbreaking and heartwarming story of women. I come away feeling educated and entertained, grateful and honoured. These characters are so rounded and deep that I feel like I know them all, like I've lived through them and like I could visit China and remember parts of the story by visiting the areas mentioned in the story. I really can't express how wonderful and powerful this book is. Please read it.
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- clare

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-03-2017
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd