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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
Excellent book! I almost didn't read past the first chapter. I'm glad I did!Published 5 days ago by Q. Thomas
Excellent story. Very well written with sensitivity and carePublished 7 days ago by Morgan McDonogh
Fantastic mystery I liked that. Very unusual story;I I liked that. It was populated with a lot of creepy people, and the feeling I had while reading it was dark. Read morePublished 10 days ago by K. Forbes
This is modern Gothic at its very best. Without a touch of supernatural, this author has made a gothic haunting masterpiece. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lillian Flores
I don't usually write reviews so this one will be short.
The book is VERY wordy(which was not a good thing). It was so descriptive that it bored me. Read more