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The thirteenth tale : a novel
Diane Setterfield
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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
A writer is famous and beloved, as much for her published works as for the outlandish lies she’s told about her personal history. Her best-known collection of stories lacks one thing—its promised thirteenth tale. Now, on her deathbed, the writer Vida Winter wants to tell that final tale. She wants to tell the true story of her life—a story of an old-fashioned family of identical daughters, a beautiful mother, a ghost, and a governess—and she chooses another writer to hear her tale. Margaret Lea is skeptical and wary of the famed writer’s charm, but she is irresistibly drawn deeper and deeper into Vida’s life and stories. And so too is the reader. Besides ghosts and mysteries and Gothic gloom galore, The Thirteenth Tale is full of everything that bibliophiles love and adore—stories within stories, histories within histories, and characters who are authors, writers, readers, and real devourers of books.
posted May 22, 2009 at 10:50AM
Avatar for MediumDebbi MediumDebbi said:
The thirteenth tale takes almost the whole book to discover but well worth the journey! This is a novel of Gothic ecstasy. A book about books and effective mystery! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to be wrapped up in a book!
posted Mar 28, 2013 at 6:51PM
Champlin Library Staff said:
Diane Setterfield's debut novel is a beautiful tale of the power that stories have to comfort us and define our lives. Young biographer Margaret Lea is summoned to write the life story of legendary writer Vida Winter, but is the strange story she tells of twins raised in an English manor true? This is an engrossing, gothic tale that is almost impossible to put down.
posted Aug 27, 2014 at 4:50PM
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Age: Bookseller's daughter; wrote an obscure biography; contacted by renowned author Vida Winter to write her life story

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