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Common Reader Book Group -Wednesday, March 10th: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

10 Mar 2021 | 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Place : 497 Main St. Hobart, IN
Phone : 219-942-1611
Email : Office@FirstUnitarian-Hobart.org
Our book group is now meeting online (password: 46342) monthly on the 2nd Wed, noon to 2:00.
The March 10th book is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.

Upcoming books:
04-14: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
05-12: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
06-09: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
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