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The Virgin Cure

A Novel

by Ami McKay

The Virgin Cure
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    Jun 2012, 336 pages
    Jul 2013, 336 pages

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Jennifer Dawson Oakes

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A novel about a girl who struggles for her independence in the tenements of lower Manhattan in 1871

Historical fiction is a genre with which I am developing a fuller and more positive relationship. Based on past reading experiences, I had previously avoided this area of literature thinking it too dry or, even worse, too gushy and unrealistically romantic. But then, through a few excellent selections by my in-person book group, I began to really love historical fiction and also began to actively seek it out when making my reading choices.

In 2006, I read The Birth House by Ami McKay. A-HA! This was great historical fiction! (The novel was a national bestseller in Canada and was longlisted for the 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.) When I heard McKay had another book being released, I was so excited and couldn't wait to immerse myself in it. The Virgin Cure does not disappoint! Like The Birth House, it encompasses everything I want in a story: well developed and ...

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