Zoe S. Roy

Zoë S. Roy was born in China in 1953 and was an eyewitness to the Red Terror during the Cultural Revolution. In Canada, she earned 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 in Halifax, N.S. She currently resides in Toronto where she works as an adult educator.

Fiction (Short stories)

Butterfly Tears: Stories

Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education, 2009.
9th floor PS8635 .O94 B88 2009

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Butterfly Tears is a collection of short fiction that depicts the experiences of Chinese immigrant women facing the challenges of life in a new country. The stories are set in different parts of China, Canada, and the United States and examine Chinese women’s cross-cultural experiences in North America as well as women’s issues and political discrimination in China. The stories, or parts of stories, set in China give the reader interesting glimpses into events such as the Cultural Revolution and Mao’s death.

Calls Across the Pacific book cover


Calls Across the Pacific

Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2015.
9th floor PS8635 .O94 C34 2015

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Fleeing the Cultural Revolution, a young Nina Huang says goodbye to her family and friends, and steals across the bay to Hong Kong, afterward immigrating to the U.S. and later to Canada. Twice she returns to China to reunite with her mother as well as friends, and to see how Chinese society and politics are evolving. However, as an escaped citizen who has returned with an American passport, Nina puts herself in dangerous situations and finds herself needing to flee from the red terror once again.

The Long March Home book cover


The Long March Home

Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2011.
9th floor PS8635 .O94 L66 2011

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

The Long March Home tells the story of three generations of women. Agnes, a young Canadian goes to China as a missionary, and falls in love with a Chinese medical student. Growing anti-western sentence forces her to return home to Nova Scotia, where she discovers she is pregnant. Meihua, their American-born daughter, travels to China in search of the father she never met and winds up marrying a Chinese man, but the Cultural Revolution tears their lives apart. With both parents imprisoned, it falls to the family’s illiterate servant, Yao, to shield their daughter, Yezi, and her brother, from family tragedy, poverty and political discrimination, negotiating their survival during the revolution that she barely understands. Only after her mother is released, does Yezi, learn about her foreign grandmother, Agnes. Curious about her ancestry, Yezi travels to the U.S. to meet Agnes and learn about her life in China with the man her mother still longs to find.


Zoë S. Roy’s personal website

Publisher Inanna Publications