The Mandrake Broom
One woman's fight to save medical knowledge during the witch-burning times 1465-1540 in Europe and preserve the writings of Trotula. The Mandrake Broom shows the tension between visibility and invisibility, between internal strength and external powerlessness, and the continually fluid interplay of those factors, while it takes the reader through persecution and plague, love and joy, and the struggle for unity.
"Wells' detailed bibliography [in The Mandrake Broom] confirms her extensive research. Historical events…are elegantly woven into the plot. The well-rounded characters, constant action, and captivating subject matter unite (in The Mandrake Broom) to enlighten as well as infuriate as the atrocities of the time period become real through Wells' vivid writing…. Reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon series, Jess Wells' third novel belongs on everyone's reading list"– Suzanne J. Sprague, in The Historical Novels Review, 2008
The Mandrake Broom is "stunningly good...tremendously involving and impressive," --Katherine Forrest, author of Daughters of the Coral Dawn and others
Wells' "use of language is like music." John Dufresne, nominated from the Pulitzer Prize in literature