The Virgin Cure

· Knopf Canada
14 reviews

About this ebook

The much-anticipated follow-up to The Birth House, The Virgin Cure secures Ami McKay's place as one of our most powerful storytellers.
"I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Chrystie Street, born to a slum-house mystic and the man who broke her heart."

The Virgin Cure begins in the tenements of lower Manhattan in the year 1871. A series of betrayals lead Moth, at only twelve years old, to the wild, murky world of the Bowery, where eventually she meets Miss Everett, the owner of a brothel simply known as "The Infant School." Miss Everett caters to gentlemen who pay dearly for companions who are "willing and clean," and the most desirable of them all are young virgins like Moth.
While Moth's housemates risk falling prey to the myth of the "virgin cure"—the belief that deflowering a girl can heal the incurable and tainted—her new friend Dr. Sadie warns Moth to question and observe the world around her so she won't share the same fate. Still, Moth dreams of answering to no one but herself. There's a high price for such independence, though, and no one knows that better than a girl from Chrystie Street.

Ratings and reviews

14 reviews
Michelle Baker
May 11, 2013
Very well written and thought provoking. It does get graphic and there are areas not easy to read for those with a weak stomach. It broaches uncomfortable topics, but really takes one back to the time period in question. Great book club book! Much to discuss!
A Google user
February 5, 2012
If you enjoyed Ami McKay's research and attention to historical detail in "The Birth House" then you'll enjoy "The Virgin Cure" - another glimpse into the lives and experiences of women (and girls) from our past. The ending was somewhat abrupt and unexpected, but the Author's Note as post script more than made up for it as the true finale of the novel. I couldn't put it down!
A Google user
February 5, 2012
A good read, held my attention. The ending was upon me before i knew it and was a little to tidy for my liking.

About the author

AMI McKAY is the author of three bestselling novels—The Birth House, The Virgin Cure, and The Witches of New York—as well as the novella, Half Spent Was the Night. Her memoir, Before My Time (originally titled Daughter of Family G), was named a CBC Best Book of 2019. McKay is also a playwright, composer, and essayist. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Elle Canada, The Independent, Canadian Living, and Chatelaine. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now lives in Nova Scotia.

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