Anne Steinberg's latest novel Manroot weaves together fantasy, romance, and a young girl's coming of age into a darkly magical story.
Manroot is the evocative and stirring story of a lonely town in Missouri, and a young woman named Katherine who discovers a mystical side to herself that she'd never known existed.
Frieda Broom, the hotel Manager, takes Katherine under her wing, and teaches her about ginseng, the manroot, and other secrets of the foothills.
Her previous novels, all published by Headline and currently out of print, include Manroot
(a WHSmith "Fiction Without Frontiers" selection), An Eye for an Ear, The Cuckoo's Gift, and First Hands.
Recently, I wrote about the manroot
, or wild cucumber, which some homeowners disparage as a vile weed that should be deracinated at all cost.