Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Events: A Tale of 1930s China
Book: Dreams of the Red Phoenix
Virginia Pye has published award-winning short stories in several literary magazines, including, The North American Review, The Tampa Review, and The Baltimore Review. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Opinionated, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
Pye’s debut novel, River of Dust, was published in 2013. It was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and a 2014 Virginia Literary Awards Finalist. Annie Dillard called it “terrific, tremendous, wonderful...a strong, beautiful, deep book.” Robert Olen Butler said “This is a major work by a splendid writer.” And Carolyn See in The Washington Post called River of Dust “Intricate and fascinating.”
In her latest novel, Dreams of the Red Phoenix, Pye takes her grandmother’s life as inspiration with a story set in China’s dangerous summer of 1937. Widowed American missionary and now single mother Shirley Carson finds herself caught up in the Japanese invasion of North China and the rise of Communism. At first, she finds renewed purpose helping the injured. But as the Japanese take their village, a charismatic Red Army officer requests her help for his soldiers. As other Americans make plans to flee, Shirley must choose between helping the Chinese Reds by serving as a nurse or escaping the war-ravaged country with her teenage son before it’s too late.