Butterfly Tears

By Zoë S. Roy

Literary fiction, Short stories | Paperback, eBook


Butterfly Tears is a collection of seventeen pieces of short fiction that depict 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 US, examining Chinese women’s cross-cultural experiences in North America. 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. The immigrant experience, the predominant theme, encompasses issues from language to education. Feminism and changing male/female relationships are additional themes that run through many of the stories.




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. Her publications include a collection of short stories, BUTTERFLY TEARS (2009), and two novels, THE LONG MARCH HOME (2011) and CALLS ACROSS THE PACIFIC (2015), published by Inanna Publications. 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 in Toronto and teaches with the Essential Skills Upgrading program for the Toronto Public School Board.


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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. Her publications include a collection of short stories, BUTTERFLY TEARS (2009), and two novels, THE LONG MARCH HOME (2011) and CALLS ACROSS THE PACIFIC (2015), published by Inanna Publications. She holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education from the Univ...


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