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4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The novel is the story of three generations of women, Agnes, 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 ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by Inanna Publications & Education
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Mar 31, 2015 Adriaauld rated it really liked it
Heartfelt story of family, struggle and individual and cultural resilience in the face of oppression in communist China. Felt like sitting fireside listening to an elder.
Ling Zhang
The first time I laid my eyes on The Long March Home, a new novel by Zoe Roy, I thought it was about some sort of revolutionary movement in Tibet, as the cover bears the image of two women, dressed in Tibetan-style clothing, being denounced in public with a few indignant fists thrusting around them. As I read on, I started to realise that this novel has nothing to do with either Tibet or Tibetans, and the choice of the cover is simply a mistake by the designer who probably has limited knowledge ...more
Lisa Johnson
May 30, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: The Long March Home
Author: Zoe S. Roy
Pages: 270
Year: 2011
Publisher: Inanna Publications and Education Inc.
Zoe Roy has written a very poignant novel with The Long March Home. Set during the Cultural Revolution in China for the most part, this story is very realistic and thought-provoking. “It was so easy during this time to be misunderstood, and then accused,” thinks one of the main characters, Meihua. The author herself lived under the late Mao Zedong’s rule and therefore has a lot of ex
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 04, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: I love books set in 20th century China and the Cultural Revolution is of particular interest to me.

First, I'd like to say I don't like the publisher's summary of this book. The summary tells the story backwards and gives away way too much information; it's almost as if it were written by someone who only read the last half (or third) of the book. What the book *is* about is Meihua, a woman living China, her heritage is that of an American mother and Chinese father. She knows
Marilou George
Feb 06, 2013 Marilou George rated it it was amazing
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.

Meihua Wei is an educated woman born in the United States married to a Chinese man. She is an art instructor at Spring University in Kunming City China. Her husband Lon, also an educator, was a
Marlene Ritchie
Dec 05, 2011 Marlene Ritchie rated it it was amazing
Readers of The Long March Home by Zoe S. Roy discover that they are journeying through the lives of three generations of women with ties to China, the U.S. and Canada in search of a secure place for their families to call home. The story begins in China during Chairman Mao Zedong’s period when cleansing the culture meant that the educated were sent far away to do manual labour, and anyone with a foreign connection was suspected of plotting against the Chinese regime. First the father must leave ...more
Mar 31, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it
This is a lovely first novel by Zoe S Roy. The beginning part of the story, outlines the political events happening in China in the 60’s and 70’s during China’s many cultural/class struggles. Paralleling the story of China’s political history, is the story of Zezi and her family whose lives are profoundly affected by the detention of her parents - her mother imprisoned for a number of years and her father a worker at an enforced labour camp. The children of the family are protected by their ...more
Marion Marchetto
When teacher Meihua Wei is torn away from her newborn daughter and sent to a labor camp for seven years, she fears that she will never see her family again. Her crime? In the eyes of Communist China she is condemned as an 'anti-revolutionary' simply because her mother is an American. As Meihua labors away in the squalid conditions of the camp, we follow the life of her daughter Yezi as she grows.

Yezi and her brother Sang are left in the care of Yao, a sixty-year old woman who worked for Meihua a
Shonna Froebel
Nov 17, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
This book follows Meihua, a young mother in China and her daughter Yezi. Meihua is the daughter of an American missionary woman and a Chinese man. She was born in the United States, but came to China to try to find her father. Instead she met and married Lon, and began a family. With the Cultural Revolution, Lon has been sent to the mines, and Meihua is struggling to keep a low profile and support her family with the help of a servant, Yao. When Meihua is denounced and sent to labour camp, Yao ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Petra rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Lovely! The reader feels as if he/she were listening to an oral history of a family. The story is warm and heartfelt. And, although not all the memories or stories within these pages is significant to the plot, it doesn’t matter since, as in all family histories, the stories are interesting, human and add a depth of character to the story as a whole. Family plays an important role throughout this book.
The author manages to convey the fear, uncertainty and isolation of the people of Communist Ch
Apr 25, 2012 Terry rated it liked it
This novel was a story set in the time of the Chinese Red Revolution. It is primarily the compelling story of Yezi, a girl born during the Red Terror, and the effect it had on her life and her family.

I am always intrigued by totalitarian systems and their impact on individuals. To what degree do citizens 'go along', how much do they struggle - internally/externally? I appreciated this book for the insight into the day-to-day life of a family suffering in varying ways at the hands of the revolut
John Hanscom
Feb 27, 2016 John Hanscom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
4 1/2 to 5. A very good and poignant novel. Any problem with this book is mine. No matter how many books I read, I can not understand the mindset which would put up with the constant and often contradictory changes, with extreme negative consequences. It is not that I do not appreciate a society which sees itself as a collective rather than a collection of individuals. First of all, I lived in Thailand for almost two years. Secondly, I have worked with Alaska Natives for 40 years. Finally, at ...more
Linda Marie Marsh
Mar 09, 2016 Linda Marie Marsh rated it really liked it
Other reviewers have given the gist of The Long March Home, so i will say that this is a book that i couldn't just fly through. There is so much to absorb about a topic of which i knew little to nothing....and written from the heart. I love generational stories that opens the readers eyes to the whats whys and hows of life's effects on each person involved.
Communist China, struggle, injustice, fear, love- it was an eye-opener as well as a learning experience for me to read Zoe Roy's book.
Amanda Hale
Feb 18, 2015 Amanda Hale rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating story and a great read for anyone who is interested in daily life in Maoist China. Zoe Roy,born in China and "an eyewitness to the Red Terror under Mao's regime," is utterly convincing and paints a detailed picture of the times that is entertaining, terrifying, and educational.
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Mar 12, 2013 Wellington City Libraries rated it it was amazing
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Excellent, moving, informative of the time.
Feb 22, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Compelling read. Beautifully written. I hope this is not Ms. Roy's last novel.
Carrie Wallace
Jan 04, 2013 Carrie Wallace rated it really liked it
A feminist historical fiction centering on the Chinese cultural revolution (1966-1976), The Long March Home reflects the lives and longings of three generations of women who have been or will become transnational migrants. Central characters include a Canadian-American matriarch, Agnes, her American-Chinese daughter, Meihua (translated as either America-China, Mayflora, or, Mayflower), and Meihua's Chinese daughter, Yezi (meaning green leaf, symbolizing new life). Circumstances for this family ...more
May 06, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
An engaging story, set between China and Boston, that got me from the first page.

Warning (in case this matters to you), this book was given to me by the author so I could review it.

This book takes you through the lives of three women; grandmother, mother and daughter and centers on the events of the Cultural Revolution in China. It is a quick read but packs in a surprising depth and level of detail. I really enjoyed the flow from the mother to daughter's storyline, painting a picture with detail
Jul 12, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Roy begins her tale just before the birth of its protagonist, Yezi, during the Cultural Revolution in Mao’s China. From the opening page Roy establishes the omnipresent fear of tyranny, which permeates life’s every decision, be it minor (what to wear) or major (whether to keep a child, and what to name it). Step wrong and be judged harshly. Even children shout each other down in educational exercises. Yezi finds a child’s pleasures, like raising silkworms with a friend, even as her mother is ...more
Rosalind Song
The Long March Home portrays the story of three generations of the women. Agnes, Yezi's grandmother, went to China in the 1920s as a Canadian missionary nurse and fell in love with a Chinese doctor, but was sent back to Canada due to anti-western sentiment. Meihua, Yezi's mother, was born and raised in the U.S. and travelled to China attempting to find her biological father. She ended up marrying a Chinese man and settled down in China as an art teacher. During the Cultural Revolution Meihua was ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing

I liked this book because it was like a picture of the times. I could feel the fear and frustration of the people during the Cultural Revolution. Being born in Canada it is hard to believe how the Chinese people endured the suffering. I myself at the time was a young mother with three children and was not aware of the Cultural Revolution or of Mao as the monster he was. This book shows how the revolution affected a family and the losses they endured. The mother Meihua was American born and as a
Jan 13, 2015 Jane marked it as triedtoread
I read the first chapter and a little more on my i-books preview, and it didn't convince me to spend the $10 to purchase it. Not bad, just didn't draw me in.
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Apr 16, 2013 Lyn rated it it was ok
Compelling plot let down by mediocre quality of writing
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Born in China, Zoë S. Roy, an avid reader even during the Cultural Revolution, writes literary fiction with a focus on women’s cross-cultural experiences. 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 and teaches with the Essential Skills Upgrading program for the Toronto ...more
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