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 evocative fiction Anita Shreve, Annie Proulx, and Joanne Harris, Ami McKay brings to light the story of early, forward-thinking social warriors, creating a narrative that readers will find inspiring, poignant, adventure-filled, and utterly unforgettable.
Recall ages—One age is but a part—ages are but a part;Recall the angers, bickerings, delusions, superstitions, of the idea of caste,Recall the bloody cruelties and crimes. Anticipate the best women;I say an unnumbered new race of hardy and well-defined women are to spread through all These States,I say a girl fit for These States must be free, capable, dauntless, just the same as a boy. —WALT WHITMAN