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Ami McKay

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About the Author

AMI MCKAY’s debut novel, The Birth House was a # 1 bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and a book club favourite around the world. While writing her new novel, The Witches of New York, she discovered several women in her family tree who were accused and tried for witchcraft. Born and raised in Indiana, Ami now lives in Nova Scotia.

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Author Essay

Writing The Birth House was truly an adventure for me, one that was fueled by tales from the past, that led me to peel off layer after layer of old newspaper from the walls of my attic, and ultimately, that taught me to ask questions … some easily answered, some left hanging in the air.

I hope the novel leads you to some questions and conversations of your own.

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