Virginia Pye

Virginia Pye’s debut novel, River of Dust, was chosen as an Indie Next Pick. Carolyn See in The Washington Post called it “intricate and fascinating;” Annie Dillard said it’s “a strong, beautiful, deep book;" Robert Olen Butler named it “a major work by a splendid writer;” and Caroline Leavitt described it as “an exotic gemstone of a novel” and “a masterpiece.” Virginia has published award-winning short stories in literary magazines, including the North American Review, the Tampa Review, and the Baltimore Review. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence and has taught writing at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. In Richmond, Virginia, where she lives, she has helped lead James River Writers, a literary nonprofit. Please visit her at


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