A macabre voyage into the underbelly of nineteenth-century New York. '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 1871.
As a young child, Moth's father smiled, tipped his hat and walked away from her for ever.
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.
Miss Everett caters to gentlemen who pay dearly for companions, 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' to 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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 27/09/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781409138693
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Review by tina1969
"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 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.My Thoughts:I loved everything about this quirky book. It was different from some books simply because it had footnotes and descriptions within the book and lovely victorian illustrations.I loved the story and the characters and will look forward to the next book which is coming out to continue the story of Moth. The book held my attention right up to the last page and I was hoping thtat there would be a positive out come for Moth. Moth tells her tale in a very chatty way and I enjoyed following her about. I did find that some of the content was quite disturbing in the fact that young girls at sent to brothels and their viginity is sold to the highest bidder.Overall I loved this book and would highly recommend it.