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Gold Winner The Virgin Cure, Ami McKay

Silver Winner At First, Lonely, Tanya Davis

Bronze Winner Outskirts, Sue Goyette


Ami McKay followed up her bestseller The Birth House with The Virgin Cure, a novel that was inspired by her great-grandmother---one of the first female doctors in New York. McKay takes the reader on a historical voyage to the Lower East Side around the end of the 19th century, through the point of view of Moth, a 12-year-old girl alone and very much a target for exploitation. It’s female physician Dr. Sadie who provides a bit of light in Moth’s life, and it’s McKay’s rich world and skillful writing that makes this book a winner to you.

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