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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
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 fell absolutely completely in love with this hauntingly and beautifully written book!!!!! It had me captivated from the first chapter. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Boo
I didn't like the pace of this book, maybe I have been reading too may best sellers, but it was kind of slow and unsatifying for me. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by spud256
This was like reading a fairy tale and a history text and a personal diary all at the same time. It was a delightful story with perfect surprises.Published 1 day ago by Carol Dunn
I was hooked from the first paragraph -- ghost story, love story, however it might be classified, this is first and foremost a testament to the power of stories and books.Published 2 days ago by Idaho Chickadee
a pleasant read, the characters kept my attention as the plot moved along. very enjoyable reading while commuting. o kPublished 3 days ago by M. K. Zeman
This is a story that requires multiple readings. It's not that it is difficult or confusing, but rather, it is so amazing and challenges the reader's mind, beliefs, and heart. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Linda M. Kapusta
This kept my attention and it was very hard to put down! The book has many twists and turns which keeps you keen for the next chapter. Ms. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Penny Candy
This story is just marvelous! I disappeared into it the moment I began reading. I was sorry to have it end.Published 9 days ago by Kfarver
I found this book to be okay and just a bit confusing when it continually switched from the past to the present.Published 13 days ago by Rooty Tooty