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Bring your whole book club to hear from headlining author Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women, as she speaks about her life and work at the annual Literary Luncheon. Enjoy a delicious plated lunch and dessert, followed by book sales and a signing with Ms. See.Get tickets
Why should you attend?
“This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.”—Scribner
“Lisa See transports readers.”—Real Simple
“Fans of the bestselling Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will find much to admire in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, as both books closely illuminate stories of women’s struggles and solidarity in minority-ethnic and rural Chinese cultures… In rendering the complex pain and joy of the mother-daughter bond, Lisa See makes this novel—dedicated to her own mother, author Carolyn See, who died last year—a deeply emotional and satisfying read.”—USA Today
“[The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane] 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… A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, discussion and an overwhelming desire to drink rare Chinese tea.”—The Washington Post
The Virginia Festival of the Book appreciates the support of Dominion Energy as Lead Sponsor of this program, with additional support from Wells Fargo and and the Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.