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Butterfly Tears Paperback – November 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0978223373 ISBN-10: 0978223373 Edition: 1St Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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"Realistic portraits of contemporary Chinese women ... whose emotional predicaments are universally resonant."

--Ricepaper Magazine


"Roy's first attempt at fiction is promising: experimental, thoughtful and best when it delves into women's emotions."

--Amerasia Journal

About the Author

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 lives and works as an adult educator Toronto. Butterfly Tears is her first published book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Inanna Publications; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978223373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978223373
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,214,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 from the University of New Brunswick and an M.A. in Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary's University. She lives and works in Toronto as an adult educator. Her first book, an acclaimed collection of short stories, Butterfly Tears, was published by Inanna Publications in 2009. The Long March Home is her debut novel.

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This is simply a beautifully told story!
Nicola Mansfield
I won't try to write about each story as that would be too lengthy for this forum, so I'll try to summarize the main themes put forth.
lighthouse88
Perhaps the most intriguing immigrants are those who come from China.
MEL

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MEL on May 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the course of our everyday lives we meet immigrants to our country. We wonder why they came here and how their lives are similar to our own and how they are different. Perhaps the most intriguing immigrants are those who come from China. Almost everything we buy or use today is connected in some way to China yet we know so little about the Chinese people. Zoe Roy's collection of short stories,"Butterfly Tears", gives us a window into the intimate lives of ordinary Chinese people. We learn about their life in China and what happens when they move to America. Zoe Roy shows us how her characters' hopes and dreams are similar to our own but with a Chinese perspective. You will finish these stories hoping to know more about these people and wishing them well. Besides being enjoyable short stories, anyone interested in China, woman's issues, and immigration to North America will find these stories especially interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Henderson on August 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
This collection of fifteen pieces of short fiction is as delicate and fine as the most intricately woven filigree. Telling the tales of women who have emigrated from China to Canada or to the United States, the work reveals the complex nature of having to contend with multicultural, and often contradictory, forces both at home and abroad. Emerging from the Cultural Revolution of Mao Tse-tung, the spirit of the women that is the backbone of these stories shows how, despite the harshest discipline and the most dehumanizing conditions, some women still have the strength to endure the most adverse circumstances, and, rather than becoming embittered by them, can remain sensitive to both their own needs, as well as to those of others. The nobility of these daughters of China recalls the proud heritage from which they have emerged into contemporary Western society.

Born in China, Zoë S. Roy, the author of this collection, was an eyewitness to the red terror under Mao's regime. The stories have the immediacy of someone who has seen the best and the worst of times - no stranger to the idealism of Communism, she also has a clear-sighted view of the horrors and deprivations of such a regime. Unable to bear the humiliation of public denunciation, several of the minor characters in the stories commit suicide, having been guilty of nothing other than a desire to reap the benefit of their own labor. The upending of an entire society and the morals and integrity of a centuries old way of life are nowhere laid more bare than in the tale `Herbs', which tells of a man's sexual promiscuity, and his attempt to force such lack of ethics on his wife. She is told by her unscrupulous husband, from whom she later flees, "You just don't know how to enjoy sexual freedom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Stuart on June 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This absorbing collection of short stories depicts a Chinese woman's perspective on the themes of human identity and family relations from her personal experience in the transition between cultures. They also suggest the severe human damage and psychic scars Mao's Cultural Revolution inflicted upon women and children. Those who endured that world were forever scarred. Freedom and a new life meant much to the author, who speaks through her female characters, but the realities of cultural transition were more difficult than Roy herself likely expected. The author offers insights into the personal difficulties refugees from Mao's China experienced through their transition in time, space, and ways of living. She also suggests how individual yearnings and passions survived Mao's smothering ideological experiment. The characters the author speaks through and those she knew, endured, but their experience resurfaced in the transition to alien North American societies. These stories also seem to be about the inescapable conflict between expectations and reality. Readers will gain insights into both the social impact of Mao's system, and the difficulties those who fled had escaping their own past and expectations of life in their new societies.
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