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Virginia Pye reads from River of Dust

FRIDAY, MAY 10 at 7 PM

VIRGINIA PYE reads from River of Dust 

"Virginia Pye’s River of Dust is a remarkable novel in the ways that delight me the most: It has a compelling narrative voice, a dynamic story and a deep resonance into the universal human condition, all of which is inextricably bound together. This is a major work by a splendid writer.” --Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

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On the windswept plains of northwestern China not long after the Boxer Rebellion, Mongol bandits swoop down upon an American missionary couple and kidnap their small child. As the Reverend sets out in search of the boy, he quickly loses himself in the rugged, corrupt, drought-stricken countryside populated by opium dens, sly nomadic warlords and traveling circuses. Grace, his young wife, pregnant with their second child, takes to her sick bed in the mission compound, where visions of her stolen child and lost husband begin to beckon to her from across the plains. 

Inspired in part by the journals of her grandfather, who was himself an early missionary in China, Pye delivers a hypnotic, emotionally powerful, spiritually resonant debut that is at once both lyrical and dynamic.

VIRGINIA PYE received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in The North American Review, The Baltimore, Review, Failbetter, and Tampa ReviewRiver of Dust is her first novel.

Event date: 
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
289 Moody St.
02453 Waltham
ISBN: 9781609530938
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Unbridled Books - May 14th, 2013