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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.
Diane Setterfield has a way of wrapping her writing around me. I loved this story. I enjoy a book when it stays with me long after I read it. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Debra Pownall
Can't put this story down held my interest after the first 50 pages.......Published 2 days ago by Grace A Citta
If this was a painting it would be right up there with the greatest masterpieces of all time. I couldn't put it down. It disrupted my life.Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
A marvelouos read. I loved it and had trouble putting it down. Beautifully written.Held
me spellbound to the ending when all was revealed
Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale (Atria Books) is a breathtaking, suspenseful novel written in delightful English prose. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mary E. Trimble
The story itself was interesting but slow moving. Add to that narration at a glacial pace and..oh my. Things got slow. Read morePublished 10 days ago by B. Martin