Ami McKay is the author of three internationally bestselling novels – The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York – and the novella, Half Spent Was the Night. A former freelance radio journalist, in 2001 she wrote and produced a documentary, also called Daughter of Family G, that traced her decision to undergo genetic testing. It was the Silver winner at the Atlantic Journalism Awards, was nominated for a Gabriel Award, and aired on both The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio and on National Public Radio in the U.S. Her non-fiction has also appeared in Elle Canada, The Independent, Canadian Living, and Chatelaine. Born and raised in Indiana, McKay now lives in Nova Scotia.
How do you turn a tale of cancer genetics gone mad into a surreal and beautiful story of love and resilience and genealogy and history? Daughter of Family G is more than a memoir – it manages to unfold and examine all of our pasts… I wanted to follow Ami to her house and sit at her kitchen table and ask her a hundred questions.” — Jann Arden