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A Slender Tether
A Slender Tether
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  • Paperback
  • May.05.2013
  • 9781611792614

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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 his wife.  And opportunity alternates with disasters in the lives of four commoners, yoked by necessity: a paper-maker struggling to keep his business, a falconer with a mysterious past, a merchant’s daughter frantic to avoid an arranged marriage, and a down-on-his-luck musician with a broken guitar and the voice of an angel.
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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 his wife.  And opportunity alternates with disasters in the lives of four commoners, yoked by necessity: a paper-maker struggling to keep his business, a falconer with a mysterious past, a merchant’s daughter frantic to avoid an arranged marriage, and a down-on-his-luck musician with a broken guitar and the voice of an angel.

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So excited to announce the release of my fourth novel, A Slender Tether, set in France in the 1300s, and featuring one of the most brilliant woman of the time, Christine de Pisan.  Enjoy!

About Jess

Jess Wells is the author of 12 volumes, including the historical novels, A Slender Tether (Fireship Press, 2013) and The Mandrake Broom (Firebrand Books, 2007). Wells was awarded a San Francisco Arts Commission Grant for Literature and she is a four-time...

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            ...Wells’ detailed bibliography confirms her extensive research.  Historical events such as the invention of the printing press and contributions of Paracelsus, an innovative 16th century...

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Nov.13.2013
I've never tried to write historical fiction. The closest I've come is "Elsewhen," which kinda-sorta takes place post World War II, but in a place...