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Ami McKay -- Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 01 2011 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
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Winnipeg launch of The Virgin Cure (Knopf Canada).

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 named Torch Boy. This meeting begins Moth’s journey along a twisted, strange and dangerous path, alone.

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 both Dr. Sadie Fonda, a physician at the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, 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.


The Birth House

- Ami McKay

Trade paperback $23.00
Reader Reward Price: $20.70

The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, The Birth House is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.

Shortlisted for the 2011 Canada Reads Competition.