Regarding the motif that led her to write this book the author says: "In my house there has always been a tea pot. My family is of Chinese descent, of which only two inherited costumes remain: the food and the tea.
My grandmother used to teach my cousins and I how to serve tea. And I've always liked the belief of drinking tea as a ceremony, a moment that is always different, always unique."
In "A Sip of Tea" Sheila Alvarado has traced a story of strong symbolic and emotional content, a story to treasure in memory.
A cup of tea is a very small world: it seems that the only characters are the dark flavoured liquid waving inside and the hands holding the delicate porcelain. However, this world also includes a conversation, a morning, afternoon and evening. And it is also the setting for a beautiful love story.
Having Tea is the story of two people who sail over a cup of tea without being able to touch each other. The enchantment that keeps them castaways, forces them to spend their lives floating on sugar cubes while surviving to that enforced distance. Will they ever be reunited again?