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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.
I thought this was a fun mystery with several shocking revelations. It was an easy read, and quite engaging. The descriptions are vivid and truly engaged all my senses. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by ME
The story line had so many characters. Their lives and stories were all intertwined. However, this became a tedious reading task. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Karen E McNamara
One of the most beautiful, enchanting books I have ever read. Read it, enjoy it, love it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!Published 3 days ago by Jennifer
To be fair I read this directly after The Goldfinch. This was very entertaining and I recommend it. Just don't read it after great literature!!Published 6 days ago by kathleen
Twists and turns and unreliable narrators and fairy tales and research and arson and books, books, books! Loved it.Published 6 days ago by C. Sherrill
Though this was a little slow at the beginning, I persevered and was soon drawn into this very unusual story of an extremely unusual family and the writer who is hired to record... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marjorie DeLuca