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After reading The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, we both had two things on our mind: this is one of the best books we have ever read and that we are now dying to try some of Pu-Erh tea (which we got and drank for book discussion night). Have you ever tried it?
The book spins around Li-Yan’s journey, a girl from ethnic Akha group, with very little exposure of the modern world and her slow upbringing and rise to become a successful tea trader. From the beginning, you are immediately surrounded by the ancient culture, customs and beliefs of the Akha people, some of them so extreme that you are forgetting that this book tells a story beginning in the 1980s and not dated a few centuries back. Overall, the plot covers so many fascinating things that it is almost impossible to summarize all of them.
This is essentially a historical fiction story and it was truly masterfully researched. We ended up googling and looking up how the little villages, their people and small artefacts described in a book looks like. Do you often google certain facts from the books?
We were overwhelmed by the things we managed to learn about tea culture and Akha people’s history. It’s an all-embracing story that indeed stuck with us for a long, long time. We highly recommend.
5 out of 5 combined from both of us.
Review by 🧔 & 👩🏻🦰