The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
"One mistake can change the course of your life. You can never return to your original path or go back to the person you were."
Li-yan is one of the Akha people, an ethnic minority that lives in the remote mountains of mainland China. The lives of the people in her village revolve around the seasons, tradition, and the farming of tea. Everything changes when a stranger appears in the village. As Li-yan learns about the outside world, she begins to reject the customs that have guided life in her village for generations. When she has a baby out of wedlock, she decides to leave her baby, and an ancient tea cake, at an orphanage in a nearby city. From there, she continues her education and seeks to build a life for herself, while her daughter is adopted by an American couple. Even as mother and daughter yearn for each other, they are connected by the tradition and study of Pu'er, the tea that their family has cultivated and harvested for generations.
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