“The story begins small, plunging us into the immersive detail of a single grueling day picking tea with the young girl, Li-yan, her mother, A-ma, and the rest of their ethnic minority Akha family. What makes life bearable for the Akha is their belief system, which infuses every aspect of their daily lives. The full sweep of their practices is flawlessly embedded in See’s prose. The hardships that confront Li-yan in her life are as compelling as the fog-shrouded secret groves where she and her mother cultivate a special healing tea. Lisa See covers Chinese adoption, the international fine tea market and modern Chinese migration to the United States. A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, and discussion.
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