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Ami McKay

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AMI McKAY is the author of three bestselling novels–The Birth House, The Virgin Cure, and The Witches of New York—as well as the novella, Half Spent Was the Night. Her memoir, Daughter of Family G was named a CBC Best Book of 2019. McKay is also a playwright, composer, and essayist. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now lives in Nova Scotia.

Before My Time

Cover reveal! Introducing the beautiful new cover of the upcoming paperback edition of my memoir. Notice anything different? Normally, the paperback release of a book happens about a year after the hardcover’s original publication date. Sometimes, the paperback’s cover requires a tweak, an update, or even a complete makeover from the hardcover’s dust jacket. And, occasionally, in extremely rare ca Read more of this blog post »
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Published on September 29, 2020 10:01
Average rating: 3.92 · 74,231 ratings · 6,640 reviews · 7 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Birth House

4.02 avg rating — 40,307 ratings — published 2006 — 27 editions
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The Witches of New York

3.84 avg rating — 16,612 ratings — published 2016 — 17 editions
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The Virgin Cure

3.78 avg rating — 14,401 ratings — published 2011 — 25 editions
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Half Spent Was the Night: A...

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Jerome: The Historical Spec...

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Before My Time

Cover reveal! Introducing the beautiful new cover of the upcoming paperback edition of my memoir. Notice anything different? Normally, the paperback r Read more of this blog post »
Daughter of Family G by Ami McKay
"Thank you for writing this book. It hit so close to home in so many ways, your story is beautifully written."
Daughter of Family G by Ami McKay
"What a captivating story - wasn't able to put it down. I thought, based on the subject matter that if would be super depressing but it was completely the opposite - hopeful."
Daughter of Family G by Ami McKay
"I received an ARC copy from Goodreads. This was read in one day. I could not put it down. Ami has an amazing gift of weaving the story together. I feel honoured to have had the chance to read this early. Must read. Thank you! "
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“No matter what you do, someone always knew you would.”
Ami McKay, The Birth House

“Sometimes, for a moment, everything is just as you need it to be. The memories of such moments live in the heart, waiting for the time you need to think of them, if only to remind yourself that for a short while, everything had been fine, and might be so again.”
Ami McKay, The Virgin Cure

“If women lose the right to say where and how they birth their children, then they will have lost something that's as dear to life as breathing.”
Ami McKay, The Birth House

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“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”
Neil Gaiman

“When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

“A Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time,” she said. “I was born out of New York. The things that are most wrong here summoned me. ("Drink Entire: Against The Madness Of Crowds")”
Ray Bradbury, Long After Midnight

“I am a child of the poisonous wind that copulated with the East River on an oil-slick, garbage infested midnight. I turn about on my own parentage. I inoculate against those very biles that brought me to light. I am a serum born of venoms. I am the antibody of all Time. I am the Cure. You do of the City, do you not? Manhattan is your punisher, let me be you shield.”
Ray Bradbury, Long After Midnight




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