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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.
I could not put this book down. just when you think that you have it all figured out, a new angle comes up that just blows you away! Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Kindle Customer
My relationship with this book is a curious tale in itself. I read it years ago when it first came out and was ... disappointed. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cece
A beautifully written novel full of surprises. Really had a hard time putting this one down. Full of surprises cannot wait to read more by this author.Published 3 days ago by janice anne robbins
Wonderful story. Beautifully written. Engrossing mystery with a great plot and characters that you feel close to. One of the few books I will save to read again.Published 4 days ago by Jaye Triaga
Loved the book although I only gave it 4 stars because some of the twists and turns can be forseen -- others are totally unexpected. It kept my attention.Published 5 days ago by Terri Stahulak
I thoroughly enjoy reading this Gothic Tale. The review from my book club was mixed. Seems some of us felt the author just gathered a series of unrelated vignettes and assembled... Read morePublished 5 days ago by linda Jones
I shall never forget the characters of this exquisite story! Presently, I am in limbo, that state were a book concluded, but my mind is not quite ready to let go. Read morePublished 7 days ago by C. Stephan
My book club just completed reading this book. We all loved it. It is a page turner. Well written with well developed characters. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Elaine Graham
Very descriptive and specific... Good read for a trip to another time, place, and adventure. The story is enchanting and engaging.Published 15 days ago by D. Olerich