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River of Dust

Pye, Virginia

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ISBN 10: 1609530934 / ISBN 13: 9781609530938
Published by Unbridled Books, New York, 2013
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A compelling debut novel about a young girl daughter of American missionaries kidnapped in China around the time of the Boxer Rebellion. The author, Virginia Pye, has publised a number of short stories and is a MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, inscribed by the author to a friend. First edition, first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 150707

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Title: River of Dust

Publisher: Unbridled Books, New York

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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On the windswept plains of northwestern China, Mongol bandits swoop down upon an American missionary couple and steal their small child. The Reverend sets out in search of the boy and becomes lost in the rugged, corrupt countryside populated by opium dens, sly nomadic warlords and traveling circuses. This upright Midwestern minister develops a following among the Chinese peasants and is christened Ghost Man for what they perceive are his otherworldly powers. Grace, his young ingénue 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. The foreign couple’s savvy and dedicated Chinese servants, Ahcho and Mai Lin, accompany and eventually lead them through dangerous territory to find one another again. With their Christian beliefs sorely tested, their concept of fate expanded, and their physical health rapidly deteriorating, the Reverend and Grace may finally discover an understanding between them that is greater than the vast distance they have come.

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Virginia Pye holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. A three-term president of James River Writers, a literary non-profit in Richmond, Virginia, she writes award-winning short stories that have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The North American Review, Tampa Review and The Baltimore Review.

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