Letter from Peking (1957) by Pearl S. Buck My dear Wife: First, before I say what must be said, let me tell you that I love only you. Elizabeth MacLeod received that letter in Vermont. She had been forced to leave her half-Chinese husband when the Communists entered Peking. And she had taken their son and returned to America, returned to the family farm to wait, sustained by her passionate love for the husband from whom she was so unwillingly separated. Then came that last letter and her whole existence was violently overturned.