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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.
Our book group discussed with liveliness; some disagreement, as not everyone reads as carefully or takes notes as they listen to the audiobook. Read morePublished 3 days ago by LaurieLane
Really very interesting book. I was recommended it by a coworker and I did enjoy it. It is definitely a mix between a novel and a mystery - so many things popped out that I never... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Andrea Carey
The writing is painterly. Almost impressionistic, it asks the reader to take a step back better to see the story as it unfolds. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pearl
Best book I read in a while. It was recommended by a book club member and absolutely lived up the my expectations.Published 25 days ago by DSDufrene
I read so many books simply to pass the time until I find the next jewel. This was the book I've been waiting for. One of the best I've read in the last several years. Read morePublished 26 days ago by middle_school_frazle