Lisa See

In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and, most recently, China Dolls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the strong bonds between women. These books have been celebrated for their authentic, deeply researched, lyrical stories about Chinese characters and cultures. Now, in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Scribner, March 2017), See incorporates impressive research on international adoption, the history of the Akha people in China, and Pu’er tea farming and customs to tell a powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region and its people and celebrates the unbreakable connection between mothers and daughters. Booklist has called the novel “an extraordinary homage to unconditional love.”

Writer and novelist Lisa See (1955) was born in Paris but grew up and lives in Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in 1979. Her paternal great-grandfather was Chinese, which has had a great impact on her life and work. See has had a varied and active career characterized by her interest in the Chinese community in the United States. 

See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001, was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in 2003, and will receive the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California in 2017. She sits on the board of Los Angeles Opera and is a member of The Trusteeship, an organization comprised of preeminent women of achievement and influence in diverse fields.


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