Lisa See, author of more than 10 books, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, transports us to a mountainside in the Yunnan province of China. We are privileged to catch a glimpse of the Ahka culture and their ancient art of tea harvesting. The conflict between tradition and modernization tears families apart, while a mother and daughter yearn to find each other through their sacred bond.
“This captivating story is set in a remote Yunnan village where, for many years, the Akha people have followed the rituals and cycles of harvesting tea leaves. Slowly, the changes going on in the rest of China begin to reach the area. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls in the village, acts as translator for a stranger seeking a rare tea from Yunnan. When Li-yan gives birth to a baby out of wedlock, she wraps her baby in a blanket along with a package of the rare tea and leaves her in a city where she will be taken to an orphanage. Over the years, mother and daughter dream of finding one another again. Brew yourself a cup of tea and settle down to read this tale of family and the search for answers in different places and cultures.”
— Elizabeth Merritt (M), Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA