Book Review: The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
veronica | Having read The Witches of New York, I was intrigued about The Virgin Cure and I was not disappointed. Set in Manhattan during the 19th century where medical “cures” were nothing but lies wrapped in a pretty bow. We meet a little girl named Moth whose father has run off and her mother can barely scrape by. As soon as Moth turned 12, she was sold to a wealthy woman as a servant. But longing for her mother and freedom, she runs away. Unfortunately, she is now homeless as her has passed.
Befriending a girl on the street, she follows her some and into an even tougher situation.
I must say, this was an easy read but not an easy topic to swallow. It is vile to think that back in the 1870s, doctors thought men could cure their STD by having sex with a virgin. This led to the selling, stealing and rape of children. I was enraged and disgusted by this but I ploughed through the rest of the novel.
Ami is an underrated writer. Her ability to tackle such a difficult subject and weave such a compelling story is nothing short of miraculous. And having a character like Moth, writing her as a wry, clever and witty child full of perseverance and hope, somehow managed to also shape her to the adult Moth we meet in The Witches of New York.
october 11, 2011