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What The Virgin Cure is about:
Set on the streets of Lower Manhattan in 1871, The Virgin Cure is the story of Moth, a girl abandoned by her father and raised by a mother telling fortunes to the city's desperate women. One summer night, twelve-year-old Moth is pulled from her bed and sold as a servant to a finely dressed woman. It is this betrayal suffered at the hands of her own mother that changes her life forever.
The Virgin Cure immersed me in the world of the terrible plight many women and children suffered living in Lower Manhattan in the late 1800's. McKay writes with a deft hand and allows the story to unfold without apology. My heart broke at the options Moth had or rather, didn't have. Knowing that the conditions and the treatment of women and children was quite factual, made this a hard read, but interwoven within the pages was a story of hope. Dr. Sadie was that hope, and her role as a female doctor was so important to this story and honestly to history.
Recommend? Absolutely. This is an important story that needs to be read, talked about, researched, and acknowledged. Life in the inner cities during the late 1800's - early 1900's was depressing, fraught with illness and death, utter poverty, and horrible transgressions against women and children. Reading this book has caused me to read more about this time and has also bolstered my respect for these people who managed to claw their way out of that miserable existence.
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