Set in 1899 during Boston’s Gilded Age, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann tells the story of a successful woman author of romance and adventure novels who becomes a champion of women’s rights as she takes on the literary establishment and finds her true voice, both on and off the page. Everything changes for Victoria when she goes against her publisher’s expectations and abandons her frivolous style to tell her own story. She loses her income, her husband, and her standing with her publisher as she joins the legions of hard-working women who have been her most faithful readers. As she fights on behalf of these women, her new young Harvard-educated editor becomes her unexpected ally, while he himself dares to become a more liberated, modern gentleman.
Author Virginia Pye’s story collection Shelf Life of Happiness won the 2019 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Short Fiction. Her two post-colonial novels about Americans in early twentieth-century China, Dreams of the Red Phoenix and River of Dust, also received literary awards. Virginia’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Literary Hub, Writer’s Digest, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer and elsewhere. The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann is Virginia’s fourth published book of ficition.