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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

JMRL invites everyone to read Lisa See's The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and discuss mother-daughter relationships, Chinese identities, tea, and transnational adoption in the Central Virginia community.

Check out the book, get a kit for your book club and meet your neighbors at the exciting programs all throughout March, including the two chances to meet the author: Wednesday, March 20 at 6pm at the Northside Library (free, no registration required), and Thursday, March 21 at 11:45am at the Virginia Festival of the Book (tickets required).

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About the Book

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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. 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.

About the Author

Lisa See

Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women, is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Dreams of Joy, which debuted at number one, and many other novels. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which is tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles. She has been honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum's History Makers Award.

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