I wasn't sure if I would love this book as much as I loved McKay's debut novel, The Birth House. They are two very, very different stories, but wow - The Virgin Cure was phenomenal! It's going to be hard to follow the rest of the year when you start out with a book this good! It's by a Canadian author, but it's not in a Canadian setting - does that make this Can Lit? Not sure, but I loved the idea of following the story of a young woman living in poverty in the slums of New York City, with nowhere left to go but a brothel. There are so many textures to this story - the characters, the levels of society, the settings - everything is immaculately factored into creating a complete picture of the time. I really recommend this one!