Lisa See - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Known for historical fiction dramatizing the lives of Chinese and Chinese-American women, See in her ninth novel focuses on a mother and daughter of the Akha people. Living in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, Li-yan defies tradition by her determination to get an education and, later, by having a child out of wedlock. Determined to free her daughter from the constraints she’s struggled against, she gives her up, and the girl is raised as Haley in California. But over time, mother and daughter yearn to know each other, and the old rituals that separated them draw them back together. In the vein of See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, in which See wrote powerfully of the Yao people, the story of Li-yan and her daughter reflects ties that hold fast despite geographic and political distances.