I finished listening to Cynthia Kadohata's Weedflower (read by Kimberly Farr) sometime last week. This was my first exposure to Kadohata's work, and I am now a fan. I hope to have a full review of the book next week, but here's a quick synopsis.
The central character is twelve-year-old Sumiko, a California native whose parents were born in Japan. The family has a small, but successful flower farm, and Sumiko is the only Japanese student in her class at school. The bulk of the story takes place after Pearl Harbor and focuses on the dramatic changes in Sumiko's life, including the family's relocation to internment camps. The contrast of life before and during the war as told by a young girl makes for a powerful historical novel.
The Tea. As everywhere in North America, it's been a hot, hot summer in central Pennsylvania, so I've turned to iced tea. This week I've been drinking Adagio Tea's Decaf Strawberry tea. As with most of the fruit-flavored teas, I find that I like them better iced than hot. Strawberry has been a nice afternoon treat. Here's how the company describes the tea: "Black tea from Ceylon, decaffeinated [and] flavored with summer strawberries." As always, I drink it black and unsweetened.
The Assessment. Sumiko's family is Japanese and they are most definitely tea drinkers. Even though Sumiko is a California girl, I'm not quite sure what she'd think of adding strawberries to her brew. But then again, she's fairly modern, so she just might enjoy it. As for me, iced tea is always a good choice when reading about (and living in) summer heat.
What about you? Let me know what you're reading or listening to this week. And I'm always curious about what's in that your mug or glass.
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FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.