The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Lisa See writes about what she knows and wants to learn more about. She's has a Chinese American background and most of her books explore themes of being a Chinese immigrant. Her books usually have a woman as the protagonist who has to deal with a difficult tradition of their culture.
This book is no different. It has all the ingredients that Lisa See is known for and make for an enjoyable read:
- historical setting in China
- tea culture (growing tea, processing tea)
- Chinese culture (Ahka hill tribe people marriage culture)
- Chinese American kid looking for their roots
It was a good read. It brought me sorrow, pain, happiness, and taught me a lot about Pu'er tea and the whole system of tea cultivation from growing, picking, selling, and even drinking.
Ms. See's books are always very well researched and it shows in her books. I appreciate that in her acknowledgments she's very specific with things she researched, or people that helped her and how these elements shaped the story. It gives you insight into how she develops her stories.
Other books I enjoyed from Lisa See were: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and China Dolls.