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Jess Wells's Books

A Slender Tether
May.05.2013
Amid the turbulent weather of Europe’s Little Ice Age, A Slender Tether offers three compelling tales of self-discovery, woven into a rich tapestry of 14th century France.  Christine de Pizan, daughter of a disgraced court physician and astrologer, grapples with her ambition to be the first woman writer in France.  A doctor finds an unusual way to cope with the death of...
The Mandrake Broom
Nov.27.2007
The Mandrake Broom, a historical novel based in Europe 1465-1540, dramatizes one woman's courageous fight to save medical knowledge during the witch-burning times.  Meet: Luccia Alimenti, daughter of a medical professor at the University of Salerno, Italy, destined to carry ancient texts and herbal lore into the dangerous and ground-breaking future. Theo Paracelsus, father of...
AfterShocks
Jan.01.2002
"...compelling and resonant in its own time, acquiring yet another layer of relevancy." This exclusive Traingle Classics edition celebrates Jess Wells' extraordinary 1992 novel AfterShocks, in which a circle of women and men living in San Francisco confront their deepest fears after a major earthquake. How each of them come to terms with their past, present, and future...
The Price of Passion
Oct.01.1999
A sensuous journey into the heart of sex and passion, exploring the demands of emotion, the conditions for intimacy. In The Price of Passion, Simone -- the orphaned, emotionally neglected daughter of a wealthy family -- must earn her inheritance by traveling the globe, delivering a message to her dying grandmother's lesbian lovers.  The young woman hopes the pilgrimage will help...