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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.
This book should have been right up my alley, but it was barely likable. I listened to the audible book in the car which is how I get through my long commutes. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hated the book. Could not even finish it. Started out well, but when met the character to be interviewed went bad fast.Published 5 days ago by Jodi Lindsay
I'd reread Jane Eyre rather than try this. I suppose the book is meant to be an homage to the Gothic novel, but I thought it tried too hard and failed too often. Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. Coye
I judge a book by the manner in which it captivates me, first by its cover (love the dust jacket, and what's not to like about the title?), then by the storytelling itself. Read morePublished 7 days ago by D.Beyer
This is a great read!
I figured some of it out, but had trouble putting it down until I knew all that I felt I needed to know.
A wonderfully haunting book that grabs you right from the beginning and won't let go until you finish. The characters are beautifully drawn. Read morePublished 9 days ago by ESM517
It was really interesting book, and some excellent plot twists. It is a good sit by the fire with a cup of tea type of book.Published 11 days ago by Rachel
Very well written, good character development and excellent descriptive narrative. Enjoyable after slow start. I recommend but have patience. It will pay off.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have never written a review on Amazon before, but couldn't help myself with this book. I absolutely loved it, and am so sad that I have finished it! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Johnna B