Long March Home, The

By (author): Zoë S. Roy

The novel is the story of three generations of women, a grandmother who as a young woman went to China as a Canadian missionary nurse and who falls in love with a Chinese doctor who acts as her interpreter. Shortly after anti-western sentiment sends her home in a hurry she discovers she is pregnant by him. Attempts by her, and later their daughter, to contact him fail. Her daughter, Meihua, goes to China to look for her father and ends up marrying a Chinese man and teaching art. The cultural revolution sees her sent to prison as a American spy and anti-revolutionary, and her husband confined to a gulag. Their children, still at home, are raised by the family’s illiterate servant, Yao. Yao’s crude manner and resourcefulness partly shield Yezi, Meihua’s daughter, and the novel’s main character, from family tragedy, poverty and political discrimination, negotiating their survival during the revolution that she barely understands. Only after her mother released, does Yezi hear about her foreign grandmother, Agnes, who lives in Boston and has lost contact with the family since Yezi’s birth. Curious about her American ancestry, Yezi now an adult, decides to join her grandmother in the U.S. Reading her grandmother’s diaries helps Yezi get to know her grandmother as a young Canadian missionary and her life in China with the man who is her grandfather, and who her mother longed to find.

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Zoë S. Roy

Born in China, Zoë S. Roy was an eyewitness to the red terror under Mao’s regime. Her short fiction has appeared in Canadian Stories and Thought Magazine. She holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education and an M.A. in Atlantic Canada Studies from the University of New Brunswick and Saint Mary’s University. She currently lives in Toronto where she works as an adult educator. Butterfly Tears is her first published book.

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The novel is the story of three generations of women, a grandmother who as a young woman went to China as a Canadian missionary nurse and who falls in love with a Chinese doctor who acts as her interpreter. Shortly after anti-western sentiment sends her home in a hurry she discovers she is pregnant by him. Attempts by her, and later their daughter, to contact him fail. Her daughter, Meihua, goes to China to look for her father and ends up marrying a Chinese man and teaching art. The cultural revolution sees her sent to prison as a American spy and anti-revolutionary, and her husband confined to a gulag. Their children, still at home, are raised by the family’s illiterate servant, Yao. Yao’s crude manner and resourcefulness partly shield Yezi, Meihua’s daughter, and the novel’s main character, from family tragedy, poverty and political discrimination, negotiating their survival during the revolution that she barely understands. Only after her mother released, does Yezi hear about her foreign grandmother, Agnes, who lives in Boston and has lost contact with the family since Yezi’s birth. Curious about her American ancestry, Yezi now an adult, decides to join her grandmother in the U.S. Reading her grandmother’s diaries helps Yezi get to know her grandmother as a young Canadian missionary and her life in China with the man who is her grandfather, and who her mother longed to find.

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Dimensions:

260 Pages
8.25in * 5.5in * 1in
0.625lb

Published:

November 07, 2011

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9781926708270

Book Subjects:

FICTION / Anthologies

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Language:

eng

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