by Zoë S. Roy

About the Author                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Butterfly Tears, short stories                                                                          

The Long March Home, a novel     


Book Reviews


By Raymond Lum in China Insight

As a novel that provides a slice of life of one child during one of China’s many turbulent times in the 20th century, Roy’s second book works well. But were one to attempt to read it on another level, one that perhaps the author had not intended, the reader would be left wanting.”

By Marilou George in The Kindle Book Review

"Zoe S. Roy has written a stunning first novel about a family deeply immersed in the political events that transpired during The Cultural Revolution in the 1960's and 70's in China. The story effectively and poignantly details the Cultural Revolution and the demoralizing impact it had on the Chinese people."


By Carrie Wallace in The Compulsive Reader 

"This is a historically consistent plot turn, but to make no mistake, it is one Western readers in particular will like. The book is hardly anti-China, but Roy, a Chinese-Canadian, also does not sugarcoat the oppression, fear, and insanity of Mao's regime."


By Mary Lavers in Cozy Little Book Journal

"With her stunning debut novel, Zoe S. Roy has proven herself a powerful voice in Canadian fiction. Spanning from China to Boston to Halifax over many decades, The Long March Home is the story of one family's experience through Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution and their struggles to define themselves as individuals and as family espite differences of culture and nationality."


By Marion Marchetto on Marion's Bookshelf

"Well written, steady pace, and an endearing yet unexpected conclusion give this debut novel five stars."


By Zhan Qiao in Amerasia Journal 38:2

"The novel stands in relation to 'New Immigrant Literature' by writers such as Ha Jin and Anchee Min, on the one hand, and the so-called “Scar Literature” in China, which flourished in post-Cultural Revolution China, on the other."


"The Long March Home presents the readers with a possibility of peeling through the multiple layers of meaning to find the core message that Roy intends to deliver."

By Chris Benjamin in The Coast


"...ultimately Roy connects an uncertain beginning to a satisfying end."



By David Lam in Ginger Post


“Fiction is the truth inside the lie, said writer Stephen King. In Roy’s fiction, the truth resonates with the clarity of a golden bell struck with the mallet of first-hand experience.”

By Nicola Mansfield at Back to Books

“A lovely story that will appeal to women readers who like multigenerational stories, historical tales of China and those who want to explore the real evils of Communism and especially the consequences of an powerful charismatic leader such as Mao Zedong.”

By Ian Gordon Malcomson at Malcomson Book Reviews

"What makes this story such a compelling read is that its many colorful and exciting moments involve a number of real and sustained personal dramas operating within larger national and international ones."

By E.D. at Amazon
"We have to marvel how these resilient people survived yet another attack on their culture, though I fear the beauties and depth of that culture did not. It was worth a second read, it was."
"This is an excellent novel of the reality of cultural revolutions that always end up with a few privileged characters at the top enjoying all the riches of society, and the majority of citizens living at the bottom concerned more about daily survival than utopian rationalizations."
By Lynne Stewart at Chapters.Indigo
"There was an interesting contrast of eastern/western thought through the portrayal of the family. Meihua, Yezi's mother, was born and educated in the US, returning to China in search of her birth father. She settles in China, as a teacher, and must restrain her "western" opinions to protect her family..."
By BCReaderP at Barns&Noble
"Lovely! I couldn't put it down. The story is warm and heartfelt..."
By Melanie Ho in The Asian Review of Books
"The Long March Home certainly serves as a first fictional introduction to the Cultural Revolution and its legacy..."
By Carol at Goodreads
"I often think about the book and how the people could follow Mao. People died from starvation and yet they still chanted his name. I found this book very enlightening and highly recommend it."
By Marie at Amazon
Zoe Roy has written a page turner. The reader moves quickly hoping for the best but fearing the worst as this Chinese family with roots in China and the West is caught in the Cultural Revolution and finally emerges from it with prospects for a happier life. Great sadness is mixed with the joy of small triumphs on the journey for survival.

By Jov at Jov's Book Pyramid


I felt the horror and terror of the Red Cultural Revolutionary movement was downplayed, which is not to say it is good or bad.

By Shonna at Canadian Bookworm

“…the parts in China compelling and interesting as well as Yezi's experience when she came to see her grandmother.”

By Marlene at Amazon
"The book is an absorbing read and poignantly portrays the situations many families faced in China, the United States and Canada during those times."


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        The novel is a saga of the three generation of women set in China, Canada and the U.S. Agnes, a Canadian missionary in China falls in love with her Chinese tutor in the 1920s. Their American born daughter, Mayflora, looks for her father in China and starts her family there. The Cultural Revolution tears her family apart. Their maid, Yao, takes care of Yezi and her brother. After Joining Agnes in Boston, Yezi learns about her life in China with the man her mother still longs to find.
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    One August afternoon, Meihua came home from another denuncia-
tion meeting organized by the Workers' Propaganda Team and held in
the university's auditorium. She sat at the table and sipped the bowl of
soup that Yao had prepared for her. She felt nauseous as she recalled
that afternoon's scene on the stage. A professor of economics, an older
man, was forced to confess his crime because in class he had explain-
ed the practice of life insurance in North America. A loudspeaker in his
hand, the lead worker had yelled at the professor, "Why don't you admit
you were brainwashed in the U.S.?" Pointing to the audience, the leader
smirked. "Everybody knows 'life insurance' is a big lie! What can ensure
a person's forever life?" Turning to the audience, he hollered,
"I'm telling you. He isn't a professor, but a running dog of capitalists! Everybody dies even if you buy a life insurance!" He paused for a
moment and then added, "No, I don't mean everybody." He clasped
his hand over his mouth, with an exaggerated gesture, indicating to
his audience that he had made a grievous error: "everybody" might
be interpreted to include Chairman Mao. But Mao was immortal. So
he shouted, "Long live Chairman Mao!" to cover his slip of tongue.
These words still echoed in Meihua's ears when she slowly finished
the last spoonful of her soup. She shook her head as if to rid herself
of that shameful vision. How is Lon? Meihua wondered with increasing anxiety. He hadn't been allowed to come home since the Chinese New
Year. Hopefully he doesn't suffer because of the denunciations. Hopefully he is not attacked because of his American wife.
    "You didn't like the soup?" Yao asked.
    Meihua returned to the present. "Of course I did. I just finished it,"
she answered, pulling her face into a smile. "How's Yezi?" she asked.
Yao was her principle caregiver now. Lon was not at home, and Meihua
was preoccupied with her classes and endless political studies meetings.
    "She'll be awake any minute. Her bottle's ready."
    Watching Sang bite into a steamed bun and swallow big mouthfuls
of scrabbled egg with tomato, Meihua smiled. My children are healthy.
That's all that matters. But she could not help but also worry incessantly
about Dahai. Like most of the high school students dispatched to the countryside, Dahai had been sent to a military farm in an area bordering Vietnam and Laos. Hopefully he's fine there, Meihua thought, going to
her bedroom to check on Yezi. The 14-month-old baby was already
wide awake, her feet kicking and hands grasping at the air. She giggled
when Meihua bent over the crib to kiss her.
    "Oh, my dear!" Meihua's face lit up as she picked her daughter up and carried her back to the living room. She took the warm bottle Yao
had placed on the table, sat down in a chair near the room's only window,
and placed the bottle in her baby's eager mouth. Wrapped in the cocoon
of Meihua's arms, Yezi drank thirstily from the bottle, one hand on the
bottle, the other wrapped tightly around her mother's fingers. Yao and
Meihua were started by the sound of heavy footsteps outside their door. Meihua raised her eyes from her daughter's face to see a large man
push the door open and stride purposefully into the room.
    Yao stood up. "What are you doing here?" she asked, a worried
frown on her face.
    "Who is Meihua Wei?" his voice boomed.
    "I am," Meihua said.
    A middle-aged woman followed the man into the room and walked
toward Meihua. "You're American, right? And your real name is
Mayflora Willard!"
"But I live and work for China. My Chinese name is Meihua Wei," she
said firmly, wondering how they had gotten the information from her
official dossier.     "I have lived here for 19 years. My father is Chinese.
I am married to a Chinese man."
    "You are an American spy!" The woman yelled. "You--"
    Shocked and afraid, Meihua watched Yezi's bottle tumble to the floor,
Yezi started wailing. Stroking her daughter's back, Meihua implored the woman, "Can you please not shout? My child--"
    "Come with us! You must confess your crime!" the man barked, his
thick eyebrows twisting on his furrowed forehead.
    As Yao walked toward Meihua and took Yezi from her arms, she
turned to the intruders and pleaded, "Don't scare the kids, please."
    "We're from the Red Workers' Brigade," the man shouted, placing
himself directly in front of Meihua, his heels clicking loudly against the
floor. "You are under arrest for your anti-revolutionary crimes!"
    "Come with us. Don't waste our time!" The woman beside him pulled Meihua's arm, dragging her toward the door.
    "Mamma, can I go with you?" Sang cried out, weeping as he ran
toward her and grasped her hand. "Please, mamma, take me with you!
Please mamma!"
Meihua's heart constricted. She could hardly breathe; her lungs felt as
though they would explode inside her chest. "My darling Sang, stay with
Yao, and be a good boy. Mamma will be back very soon." Turning toward
Yao, Meihua gasped, the anguish in her eyes almost unbearable. "I will
go with them, Yao. Please take care of the children."
    "Everything will be fine," Yao said, tears streaming unchecked down
her face. "We'll wait for you to come back." Yao was nodding, wiping the
tears from her eyes with her sleeve. Yezi cradled in her arm, Sang's
hand in her hand, Yao led them both into the bedroom. She did not
want the children to be any more frightened than they already were.
    "Don't wait for me. Go to bed as usual," Meihua said, her voice tight,
turning to walk through the already open door.
    "Let's go!" barked the man, pushing Meihua roughly out into the










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