Classifying this as "lesbian" risks relegating it to a niche that it doesn't deserve to be stuck in. Tea is a wonderful book about human relationships of all kinds, and facing your demons, and should appeal to anyone.
Much of the plot seemed pretty ordinary to me, even mundane. Not a great deal actually happens. But this isn't a book about things happening, so much as feelings and interactions.
What made the story shine for me is the beautiful, imaginative language. Several times I had to stop and re-read a passage -- not because I didn't understand it (it's pretty easy to read and doesn't pompously inflate itself with obscure words), but because I wanted to drink its delicious turns of phrase again, feel again the warmth of the heat and light they cast on the reality of humanity, of self-awareness. One of the cover quotes calls the book a "work of art" and I feel this accolade is well-deserved. Using everyday materials, D'Erasmo has sculpted something of fragile and priceless beauty.
For me, reading Tea was a hugely pleasurable experience. I'm looking forward to her next book.
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