The Virgin Cure

The Virgin Cure

by Ami McKay
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The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

From #1 international bestselling author Ami McKay comes The Virgin Cure, the story of a young girl abandoned and forced to fend for herself in the poverty and treachery of post-Civil War New York City.

McKay, whose debut novel The Birth House made headlines around the world, returns with a resonant tale inspired by her own great-great-grandmother’s experiences as a pioneer of women’s medicine in nineteenth-century New York.

In a powerful novel that recalls the evocative fiction Anita Shreve, Annie Proulx, and Joanne Harris, Ami McKay brings to light the story of early, forward-thinking social warriors, creating a narrative that readers will find inspiring, poignant, adventure-filled, and utterly unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061140341
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Series: P.S.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 114,847
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 5.22(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Ami McKay is the author of the number–one Canadian bestseller The Birth House, winner of three Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards, and a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and The Virgin Cure. Originally from Indiana, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Nova Scotia.

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The Virgin Cure 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
Moth, an unusual and mystical-sounding name given her by an errant father, is one of the unfortunate born into poverty and misfortune, and yet she is...gifted. She is special. Moth is smart and adaptable and almost fearless. A twelve-year-old girl, she is forsaken by her mother, a local mystic and fortune-teller, but she determinedly finds her way, via a path to an "infant school". An infant school would be considered very upsetting and disturbing to any woman of this generation, but for a young girl on her own in the late 1800s of Manhattan, it could be her only saving grace. Some of these girls came to the "school" of their own accord, others were sold to them by poverty-stricken relatives. In "infant schools", young girls were taught all about how to charm a man, how to intrigue him and entice him, and hold his interest. How to drive up her own worth in his eyes, so that he would be willing to pay a large sum for her "innocence". Then her virginity would be sold for a pretty penny, and the girl could then opt to leave the school to fend for herself, or to become a professional prostitute. I loved this story, and I found author Ami McKay's writing to be very effective and moving. The book also has little tidbits and notes in the margins that give you a glimpse into the era and at times explain a little about a topic in the story. One of things you learn from one of these tips is the disturbing reality that in 1871 "under common law, the age of consent was ten years of age. (In Delaware it was seven)" How's that for shocking? The one complaint that I have is that sometimes it was hard to discern the transition from the story to a news article or a "diary entry" or letter by the doctor. Perhaps they could have used different typeface and margins and such to make it easier to indicate the switch? My final word: At times shocking and disturbing, but overall a very moving and satisfying read, I highly recommend this book. This story isn't for the faint of heart, but this rare gem is perfect for someone looking for a new kind of heroine-- a heroine perhaps not as delicate and fancy as one of those frilly butterflies, but a Moth gritty and spunky enough to knock the dust off her wings and take flight once again...
NookLoverSP More than 1 year ago
I had recently read The Birth House by this author and was looking for more of the same. The Virgin Cure did not disappoint. The story was disturbing but I have no doubt a fairly accurate description of the life options of young girls during this time period. My heart went out to Moth and all her trials and rejoiced as she found her way out of her misery. I would highly recommend this story to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of The Birth House, I bought this one and was impressed as well. A history lesson and one a woman should read to see just how far we have come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book that sticks with you long after you read the final page. I highly recommend it. This would be a great pick for a book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book. Sad and disturbing but makes you appreciate life and what you have so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Recommended
westiegroomer More than 1 year ago
Best read I've found in a long time! Am reading The Birth House right away. Ami McKay will be a great author to follow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of Ami McKay's first book, The Birth House, so I was very excited when this sophomore effort came out. I wasn't disappointed. This book was a fascintaing piece of historical fiction, telling the tale of a street girl named Moth and the harrowing experiences she has in late nineteenth century New York. I loved this book and recommend it to everyone, particularly if you were a fan of McKay's earlier work and if you enjoy historical fiction. The only thing that prevented me from giving it five stars were the frequent glitches which caused it to skip over pages or repeat pages. Very irritating! Please fix this, Nook tech squad!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Top five favorite books. I feel in love with Ami McKay's books. I read 'The Birth House' first and loved that book so I decided to read 'The Virgin Cure'. I was not let down. I hope to read more of her works! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was disturbing in some parts, but I can imagine this is how things used to be. I enjoy reading books about people who overcome great odds, and this book certainly delivers. I couldn't put it down.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings  Centering around a young girl who under horrible circumstances is abandoned and must find her own way in New York City at the age of 12.  As there were only a few options for girls and as I learned some horrible ways for girls to keep a roof over their heads, I was astonished at the details of these girls lives that lived through these years in New York City.  I am certain that this wasn't just happening at this moment in time or just in this town, so I think this book has a sense of relevancy even at this time.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the 2nd book I read from Ami McKay. Although other reviewers don't like the subject matter, I thought that the book was not all about young girls and virginity. Yes, this was the background for the story however the author weaves a very interesting view of life and is full of characters that the reader wants to know more about. I loved the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it wellr esearched read it in one nigh a true page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great historical fiction tale set in New York after the end of the Civil War. I have read the other book by this author (The Birth House) and highly recommend both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this book, and I recommend it. Just not sure why the B&N overview is different than the actual story. Does anyone know why????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the 1st narrative style of writing. My heart went out to Moth.
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