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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.
Really good book, very well written, great characters and story lines.
The Thirteenth Tale is a debut novel by Diane Setterfield that pays respect to predecessor gothic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca.
The story though has too many predictable plot lines and overly dramatic behavior and endings for characters.
Just when you think you know how this book is going to end you realize your deductions were wrong. It keeps you guessing until the end. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Karen L Pingle
Very mysterious, but at the end all was answered. Being a twin myself I wondered about my own emotions at losing my brother to his wife.Published 12 hours ago by Deborah Stricklin
Loved the book, was completely surprised at the twist in the ending. Have recommended it to others. It is our book club selection this month, am looking forward to hearing how... Read morePublished 2 days ago by B. Spadea
This book is beautifully written and mysterious through to the end. A story about a great storyteller. Read morePublished 2 days ago by molly cox
Beautiful writing style and thoughtful character insights. Story itself lacked substance and was predictablePublished 3 days ago by Allan John
An excellent book. I've listened to it perhaps four times and have given copies of audiobooks to friends. A great first book for Setterfield.Published 5 days ago by C. Greene
My co-worker suggested that I read this book and I'm glad he did. This story was very interesting and it was very different from the books I usually read. Great book!Published 6 days ago by Tracey