Lisa See will be the speaker at the fifth annual Mt. Lebanon Public Library Speaker Series, an event to honor the memory of Joe Wertheim, an avid reader and long-time library patron who had served nine years on the library board, including a term as President, and the President of the Friends of Mt. Lebanon Public Library.
In her beloved New York Times bestsellers, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and China Dolls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the strong bonds between women, romantic love, and love of country.
In See’s newest, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, she returns to those timeless themes. 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 bond between mothers and daughters. It explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple. Both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.
See has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up, whether in the past or the present. For Snow Flower, she traveled to a remote area of China—where she was told she was only the second foreigner ever to visit—to research the secret writing invented, used, and kept private by women for over a thousand years. Amy Tan called the novel “achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination.” Others agreed, and foreign-language rights for Snow Flower were sold to 39 countries. The novel also became a New York Times bestseller and a Booksense Number One Pick. It has won numerous other awards domestically and internationally, and was made into a feature film produced by Fox Searchlight.