Virginia Pye, whose award-winning short stories have been featured in various literary magazines, will be reading from her recent novel, Dreams of the Red Phoenix, at the South End library, Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 PM. Asian-American author, Gish Jen, called Pye's second novel, inspired by diaries of her grandmother, "gripping, convincing and heartbreaking" and "a real page-turner."Pye published her first novel, River of Dust, three years ago. Daughter of the late China scholar, Lucian Pye, who himself was born in China as the son of Congregational missionaries, River of Dust was partially inspired by her grandfather's journals, and set in Northwestern China after the Boxer Rebellion in the early 1900s. The powerful, harrowing description of the drought-stricken landscape in which an American missionary couple tries to find their young child, kidnapped by Mongolian war lords who oppose Western influence of any kind, won Pye the Indie Next Pick and made the book a finalist for the 2014 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Dreams of the Red Phoenix is also set in a missionary compound, but in the 1930s when North China was occupied by Japan and Communism was on the rise. The South End library library is fully handicapped accessible. The event is free. We serve refreshments. Books will be available for borrowing, signing and sale. Seating is limited.