Lose Yourself in Ami McKay’s Unflinching Novel, ‘The Virgin Cure’

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Walking down Chrystie Street. (Photo by PamHule/Flickr)

Sometimes a novel comes along that introduces us to unforgettable characters, captures our imaginations, and makes us contemplate societal issues that are just as important now as they were over a century ago. This is the case with The Virgin Cure, our latest book club selection. 

The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

Harper Collins

Having just finished reading this beautiful book by Ami McKay, I must say that it is one of the most important, insightful and compelling novels I have read in some time.

Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, we’re introduced to a 12-year-old girl named Moth, a gypsy’s daughter who lives in one of the worst neighborhoods in New York City where life is hard, cruel, and unforgiving.

Yet Moth has dreams of a better life, where she is the mistress of her own house with a lovely garden and lovebirds kept in gilded cages. But an unimaginable act of betrayal threatens to shatter her dreams when it thrusts her into a life she never wanted.

In the pages of this remarkable novel, McKay recounts a tale about a nation fraught with change, where both children and women are forced into impossible situations and science has yet to liberate the population from dangerous myths.

The Virgin Cure deftly captures the attitudes and circumstances of children forced to make adult decisions and draws unmistakable parallels between the novel’s heroine and children who are discarded by people either unwilling or unprepared to parent them today.

It also raises the question: given the chance, what are we willing to sacrifice to save a child from an unspeakable fate?  Read this provocative, engaging, and ultimately inspiring novel. You won’t soon forget it!

An Interview With Ami McKay

Ami McKay


About the Author

Ami McKay is the author of the number one Canadian bestseller The Birth House and has received numerous awards and nominations for her work. She is active with UNICEF and other organizations. Originally from Indiana  she now lives with her family in Nova Scotia.

Check out her blog or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy The Virgin Cure from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or download it from in iTunes.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

One Response to Lose Yourself in Ami McKay’s Unflinching Novel, ‘The Virgin Cure’

  1. I enjoy looking through an article that
    will make people think. Also, thank you for allowing me
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