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The Virgin Cure

(2009)
A novel by

 
 
The much-anticipated follow-up to the phenomenon that is The Birth House, The Virgin Cure secures Ami McKay's place as one of our most beguiling 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." So begins The Virgin Cure, a novel set in Victorian New York in the year 1871. As a crowded, sweltering summer of riots and poverty comes to a close, twelve-year-old Moth's journey is just beginning.

Sold away by her mother, Moth is befriended by a young pickpocket named Torch Boy. He introduces her to the formidable Marm Birnbaum, matron of the leading pickpocketing ring of the Lower East Side. There, under the guidance of a female thief named Kid Glove Lena, Moth is given lessons in survival, loyalty and, surprisingly, the art of melodramatic "blood-and-thunder" theatre.

Moth soon learns that life as one of Marm's girls is filled with unexpected dangers. After witnessing a violent crime involving a little girl, Moth is taken into the care of Dr. Sadie Fonda, a physician at the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. Moth's confessions about that night confirm what the young doctor has suspected all along, that there is a dark secret haunting the young women of the city - the myth of the virgin cure.

Determined to expose the myth, Sadie unknowingly puts herself in harm's way, leaving Moth to travel down a twisted, strange and dangerous path, alone. From a dime museum of anatomical wonders, to a dance hall populated by child prostitutes, to an apothecary shop where a magical pear tree once stood, Moth must rely on the lessons she learns from both Sadie and the streets to make things right.

The Virgin Cure is a tale of secrets and truths, of dark myths and magic of the heart - of one woman's fight to be heard, and one girl's desire to be loved.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Virgin Cure
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ISBN: 1-4091-4348-1 / 978-1-4091-4348-2 (UK edition)
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Title: The Virgin Cure: A Novel
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Title: The Virgin Cure
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Title: The Virgin Cure: A Novel
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Title: The Virgin Cure
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Title: The Virgin Cure
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Title: The Virgin Cure
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Title: The Virgin Cure
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Title: The Virgin Cure: A Novel
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