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There are two heroines here: Vida Winter, a famous author, whose life story is coming to an end, and Margaret Lea, a young, unworldly, bookish girl who is a bookseller in her father's shop. Vida has been confounding her biographers and fans for years by giving everybody a different version of her life, each time swearing it's the truth. Because of a biography that Margaret has written about brothers, Vida chooses Margaret to tell her story, all of it, for the first time. At their initial meeting, the conversation begins:
"You have given nineteen different versions of your life story to journalists in the last two years alone."
She [Vida] shrugged. "It's my profession. I'm a storyteller."
"I am a biographer, I work with facts."
The game is afoot and Margaret must spend some time sorting out whether or not Vida is actually ready to tell the whole truth. There is more here of Margaret discovering than of Vida cooperating wholeheartedly, but that is part of Vida's plan. The transformative power of truth informs the lives of both women by story's end, and The Thirteenth Tale is finally and convincingly told. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The story was well written and the plot has many unexpected twists and turns.
The Thirteenth Tale is a debut novel by Diane Setterfield that pays respect to predecessor gothic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca.
I found this book to be entertaining, easy to read and thought I knew the story line but like the twist in the end.
What an amazing piece of literature. I read it in three days. I will definitely re-read this one!!!Published 2 days ago by Karen J. Dropcho
It had me on the edge until the last page! Well written and a fabulous read! Thank you so much...Published 3 days ago by Diann Harmon
Slow at times but kept my attention enough to finish and enjoy the characters and tenderness of their story. Would recommendPublished 5 days ago by Brooke Miceli
What a delightful and touching story. It also provided an insight into the closeness of twins in a number of dimensions. Quite a reading! I highly recommend this book.Published 7 days ago by Janet Burd
What a story! This book had me intrigued from the start, and the twist in the tale at the end came as a total surprise for me. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Gianna
Beautiful prose plus a great mystery story. Who can beat that combination? Loved it.
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An interesting tale that covers several generations, with mysterious subplots and surprise ending. Holds your interest from beginning to end. Read morePublished 12 days ago by audrey E. Scott