Victoria Swann is a successful 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 demands and abandons her frivolous style to tell her own story. Her new, young, Harvard-bred editor becomes her unexpected ally as she fights for the women who have been her faithful readers. Set in Gilded Age Boston, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann shows writing and reading as acts of defiance and revision in life and revision on the page as intimately entwined.
’s most recent novel, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann, was published on October 3rd from Regal House Publishing. Her short story collection, Shelf Life of Happiness, won the 2019 IPPY Gold Medal for Short Fiction and her two historical novels set in China, Dreams of the Red Phoenix and River of Dust, also received literary awards. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is Fiction Editor at Pangyrus and has taught writing at NYU, UPenn, and at GrubStreet Writing Center in Boston. www.virginiapye.com
The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann is a captivating and delicious novel.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field
"An engrossing and empowering historical novel of liberation that reminds us, with deep resonance, of the many ways in which we are still not free."—Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men
"Virginia Pye has written a novel as full of vital ideas about truth, progress and how to live with intention as it is with wild romps and charming encounters." —Elizabeth Graver, author of Kantika
“Virginia Pye's novel invites us into a distant era that—in its depiction of the challenges faced by women of letters —seems hauntingly familiar. But Victoria Swann persists—and prevails! The story of her Undoing is generous, fierce, and inspiring." —Jennifer Finney Boylan, Co-author (with Jodi Picoult), MAD HONEY
"At once a historic time capsule and an entirely modern tale, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann had me cheering for its heroine straight through to the final page. You’ll love it!” —Katherine A. Sherbrooke, author of Leaving Coy’s Hill and The Hidden Life of Aster Kelly.
"Filled with grace, charm, and an acute sense of place, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann shows us the power of stories to connect, heal, and reveal our hearts." —Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationary Shop & Together Tea.
ABOUT KERRI MAHER:
Kerri Maher holds an MFA from Columbia University. She lives with her daughter in Massachusetts.
Victoria Swann is a successful 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 demands and abandons her frivolous style to tell her own story.
“[A] powerful, thought-provoking novel… not only important and timely, but deeply humanizing.” —Good Morning America
“Remarkable.” —The Washington Post