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The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale
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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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743298032 (0743298039)
ASIN: 743298039
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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isanythingopen
isanythingopen rated it
5.0 I can't let this book go!
I'm dwelling! It made me want to cry at the end. She had written so many books that people loved. But never had a name she could call her own til she became a famous writer. But, no one except the woman (twin?) hidden away in her house knew who she was. And in the end , we don't know who, which ...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 The Thirteenth Tale
Not the book I was expecting based on reviews I'd read. I was mentally prepped for a darker, somewhat more manipulative, maybe almost a templaric tale. It wasn't any of those things, but it is an excellent story. The MC is contacted by an author who is both very reclusive and famous to an almost...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 A Wonderful Book to Read During the Winter Months
So I read "The Thirteenth Tale" eons ago. This book came out in 2006 and I recall starting it around Christmas time that same year. I fell in love with the book. Too bad I could not get into Setterfield's follow-up "Bellman & Black". I can't even tell you much about that second book except I fell as...
All about me
All about me rated it
4.0 The Thirteenth Tale
Interesting modern day gothic story. I enjoyed the suspense the twists and turns in the story generated. While some of them were well telegraphed, others weren't.
Books & Chocolate
Books & Chocolate rated it
4.5 The Thirteenth Tale
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...
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