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The Virgin Cure Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Oct 25 2011

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676979564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676979565
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Finely crafted and remarkably researched.... While set in the past, the book informs the modern dialogue on feminism, the sex trade, and choice.”
—Stacey May Fowles, The Walrus
“A worthy follow up to...The Birth House.... Character, setting, mood and plot are melded naturally to create a Dickensian world of deprivation and determination.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“A powerful novel, rooted in the same elements that made The Birth House both critically lauded and a bestseller.... One of McKay’s gifts and skills as a writer is her ability to utterly immerse the reader in her fictional world.... A powerful, affecting novel.”
—Robert J. Wiersema, National Post
“Fans of McKay’s bestselling novel The Birth House are going to love The Virgin Cure.... McKay’s vivid prose can trigger in readers the taste of a hot bowl of oyster stew, the reek of Chrystie Street tenement houses and the sound of a taffeta skirt’s hem brushing the floor of a concert saloon.... It’s difficult not to swiftly turn the pages of The Virgin Cure.
“A lovely novel, written in a style that is both clean and subtle. McKay’s voices are true; her characters sympathetic.... I’m certain readers will take to The Virgin Cure just as they did The Birth House.”
The Vancouver Sun

“A powerful new voice in Canadian writing.”
—Marjorie Anderson
“McKay is clearly a talented writer with a subtle sense of story, one that readers will look forward to hearing from, again and again.”
The Gazette
“McKay is such a wonderful storyteller with a strong sense of place and time.”
Library Journal

About the Author

Ami McKay was born and raised in rural Indiana. After an undergraduate degree in music education and graduate studies in musicology at Indiana State University, she moved to Chicago to teach music at an inner city high school for the arts. In her off hours she would write, filling notebooks and journals with short stories and ideas for novels.
In 2000, McKay moved to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia (for the love of a good Canadian man). Waiting for her residency papers to be processed gave her plenty of time to embrace the writing life. After much prodding from her partner, she started sending her writing out into the world. She began by writing thank-you notes to people she didn’t know, in an effort to start small. This, her first attempt at sharing her writing, led to an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Soon McKay took bigger steps toward living the writing life. A summer workshop called “Writing for Radio” opened new doors and the opportunity to combine her love of music and sound with her passion for writing. This experience led to writing and producing documentaries for CBC Radio as well as other freelance assignments. McKay’s work has since aired on CBC Radio’s Maritime Magazine, This Morning, Outfront and The Sunday Edition. Her documentary Daughter of Family G won an Excellence in Journalism Medallion at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
Also in 2003, an apprenticeship in the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s mentorship program gave Ami McKay the excuse she needed to complete a first draft of The Birth House, her debut novel. Published as a selection of Knopf Canada’s prestigious New Face of Fiction program, The Birth House went on to be a #1 bestseller in Canada, the winner of three CBA Libris Awards, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a book club favourite around the world. Her second novel, The Virgin Cure, is inspired by the life of her great-great-grandmother Dr. Sarah Fonda Mackintosh, a female physician in nineteenth-century New York.

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