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The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale
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When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny. All children mythologize their birth...So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the... show more
When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny. All children mythologize their birth...So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist. The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself -- all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter's story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission. As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling but remains suspicious of the author's sincerity. She demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves. The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B000JMKRKC
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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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 Black Plague
Obsidian Black Plague 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...
Linda Hilton
Linda Hilton rated it
4.0 When the backstory IS the story. . . . . . . . .
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 -- ...
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