Tuesday, November 1 · 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Inspired by the life and work of her great-great-grandmother - Dr. Sarah Fonda Mackintosh, a pioneer in women’s and children’s health care in nineteenth-century New York - Ami McKay’s The Virgin Cure, is 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.
This meeting begins Moth’s journey along a twisted, strange and dangerous path.
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 Dr. Sadie Fonda and the streets to make things right.
Ami McKay’s debut novel, The Birth House, was a #1 bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a finalist for CBC Canada Reads, and a book club favourite around the world.
Born and raised in Indiana, Ami now lives with her husband and two sons in Nova Scotia.