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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.
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This book had all the requirements for a good story. A like able main character, a mystery that you can't quite figure out until the end and wonderful writing.Published 1 day ago by T. Carter
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I really enjoyed this book. It can be a bit confusing to follow because the story goes back and forth from present day to the past, but a very interesting story that keeps you... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ashley White
This is one of those books that transports you to another time and place. I love this book and have for years. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kimberly Chimick
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