A vivid and compelling Victorian tale in which the endearing and feisty Moth struggles to survive alone in the vice-ridden, brutal New York slums.
A wonderful, original novel.
McKay has created an engaging and wonderfully well-developed narrator, all the more impressive because even though she is among society's most powerless, her determination inspires more admiration than pity. Thought provoking and beautifully rendered, The Virgin Cure explores both the horrors people are capable of inflicting and the dignity that can accrue to those who oppose them
McKay's ability to make Moth's slum experience visceral is testament to her meticulous research and storytelling prowess