The Thirteenth Tale
Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny. Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the... show more
Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny. Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness -- featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess,a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.
Publish date: October 9th 2007
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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I love my book club. We've been gathering around the same dining room table for over 10 years. But I need to give them a bit of sass. I've been trying to talk them into reading The Thirteenth Tale for YEARS. For some reason, it never makes the list. I'll admit, the synopsis doesn't really grab me so...
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local public library. I do not know the author nor have I ever had any communication with her about this book or any other matter I am an author. Quick review, then spoilers and discussion. I can't speak for other authors, but for me, the backstory -- ...
This is the kind of book that I should use quotes to make my point, but I read a print edition, and I am just far too lazy to go back and get my copy and find the quotes that I've marked. I really don't know what I was expecting when I picked up this novel. I chose it because of the stunning cover...
3.5starsWhen I started the book initially i had a feeling that this was going to be a definite 5 star read for me especially because this book was about books and I thought i might like Margaret Lea as a character . But then as the story progressed Vida Winter came into picture and I forgot about Ma...
I couldn't even remember why I'd put this book on hold at the library and I had pretty low expectations going into it. But wow, what a story. To her surprise, a young woman is asked to be the biographer of England's most famous novelist, Vida Winter. An author, who has never truly told the truth abo...