Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: The Virgin Cure

"I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Chrystie Street, born to a slum-house mystic and the man who broke her heart." So begins The Virgin Cure, a novel set in the tenements of lower Manhattan in the year 1871. As a young child, Moth's father smiled, tipped his hat and walked away from her forever. The summer she turned twelve, her mother sold her as a servant to a wealthy woman, with no intention of ever seeing her again.

These betrayals lead Moth to the wild, murky world of the Bowery, filled with house-thieves, pickpockets, beggars, sideshow freaks and prostitutes, where eventually she meets Miss Everett, the owner of a brothel simply known as "The Infant School." Miss Everett caters to gentlemen who pay dearly for companions who are "willing and clean," and the most desirable of them all are young virgins like Moth.

Through the friendship of Dr. Sadie, a female physician, Moth learns to question and observe the world around her, where her new friends are falling prey to the myth of the "virgin cure"--that deflowering a "fresh maid" can heal the incurable and tainted. She knows the law will not protect her, that polite society ignores her, and still she dreams of answering to no one but herself. There's a high price for such independence, though, and no one knows that better than a girl from Chrystie Street.

Ever since I finished reading The Birth House a couple of years ago I have been dying for Ami McKay to write something new. Imagine my surprise when I discovered this weekend that she has a book coming out on October 25th! I did a happy dance! From the synopsis of The Virgin Cure it appears like McKay is taking on another historical plot line, which makes me even more excited considering what an excellent job she did on her last book! The Birth House was really accurate and well researched, so I assume that I can expect the same kind of detail from The Virgin Cure. I'm so happy that I stumbled upon this book... I can't believe it almost snuck right past me!


Giselle said...

This one is new to me. It's the 2nd in a series? It sounds pretty good.

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Jacquelynne said...

Spectacular choice this week Natalie!! This one sounds so intriguing and I love how she researches her books, as you said :) Awwwesome! Perhaps right up my alley being the history obsessed individual I am :P Thanks for the great recommendation! :)

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

I haven't read anything from this author before, but this sounds really good! I love historical fiction :) Great pick!

Here's my WoW!

Jenny said...

I haven't heard of either of these but it's always great when you find out an author you love has another book coming out. Especially when it's coming out so soon. ;)

Natalie said...

Giselle: No it isn't a sequel.... but it seems as if the historical plotline will be somewhat similar to her first book...which is a good thing!

Chelsey said...

This looks so good! I have been looking for something different to read lately (love YA but we all need breaks in genres) and this sounds perfect =).

Did I ever mention that I love your blog posts? =P

Natalie said...

Chelsey: Aw thanks! I love your blog too! Your the reason I got started blogging lol!

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