The Virgin Cure

The Virgin Cure

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… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


The world McKay portrays is compelling—it’s a time and place where the necessity of hand-to-mouth survival trumps questions of propriety and morality and a young girl quickly learns that her sexuality is a commodity.

The Virgin Cure is not for the reader who thinks historical fiction should be a romantic story in period clothing. For those who savor the earthiness and tumult of the time and place, it is an interesting, informative and often surprising read.

Moth’s voice is compelling, and the subject matter will fascinate readers. Recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction like Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White and Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha.


Book Details  


Publisher: Harper (June 26, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9780061140327

Page count: 336 pages

File size: 1.6 MB

Language: English


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