Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the Historymaker's Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.
"The story begins small, plunging us into the immersive detail of a
single grueling day picking tea with the young girl, Li-yan, her
mother, A-ma, and the rest of their ethnic minority Akha
family...What makes life bearable for the Akha is their belief
system, which infuses every aspect of their daily lives. The full
sweep of their practices is flawlessly embedded in See's
prose...The hardships that confront Li-yan in her life are as
compelling as the fog-shrouded secret groves where she and her
mother cultivate a special healing tea. I could have hung out here
in remote China forever, but See has wider ground to cover,
including Chinese adoption, the international fine tea market and
modern Chinese migration to the United States... A lush tale
infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire
reflection, discussion and an overwhelming desire to drink rare
-Helen Simonson, The Washington Post
"One of the fascinating elements of See's epic novel is the contrast between the isolated lives of the Akha and the globalized world of China's larger cities - a contrast bridged by tea...Fans of the best-selling Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will find much to admire in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, as both books closely illuminate stories of women's struggles and solidarity in minority-ethnic and rural Chinese cultures...In rendering the complex pain and joy of the mother-daughter bond, Lisa See makes this novel - dedicated to her own mother, author Carolyn See, who died last year - a deeply emotional and satisfying read."
-Emily Gray Tedrowe, USA Today
"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."
"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. Fans of See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will appreciate this novel."
"With vivid and precise details about tea and life in rural China, Li-Yan's gripping journey to find her daughter comes alive."
"A riveting exercise in fictional anthropology."