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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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Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
3.0 The Thirteenth Tale
I had hoped that I would like this book more than I actually did. But as it often is with books that have a story inside a story, I ended up liking one of the stories while the other one was a complete dud. In this case I liked the story set in the past, told by Vida Winter to young Margaret Lea. ...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
3.5 24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 - Winter Solstice / Yuletide, Book
Somewhat too self-involved for my taste, though in a first novel dealing with identity and the autobiographies we create for ourselves that probably shouldn't have come as a total surprise ... and I'll grant Setterfield that it doesn't exactly have "first novel" written right across its forehead. T...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
3.5 24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 - Winter Solstice / Yuletide, Book
Somewhat too self-involved for my taste, though in a first novel dealing with identity and the autobiographies we create for ourselves that probably shouldn't have come as a total surprise ... and I'll grant Setterfield that it doesn't exactly have "first novel" written right across its forehead. T...
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...
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