The Thirteenth Tale PDF/EPUB î The Thirteenth MOBI

The Thirteenth Tale PDF/EPUB î The Thirteenth  MOBI All children mythologize their birthSo 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


10 thoughts on “The Thirteenth Tale

  1. Kristina Kristina says:

    Sigh I really, really wanted to like this book I heard good things about it, and it has many elements I usually love in a novel a Victorian sensibility, questions of identity and sisterhood as well as siblinghood generally , meta commentary on writi


  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    There is something about words In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts Ins


  3. Lisa Muller Lisa Muller says:

    Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you You leave the previous book with ideas and themes characters even caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new bo


  4. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Reread, although I would liked to have listened to the audio Maybe next time Mel www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comThis book was so good I can t believe I have had this book in my stacks for a few years now The story is so bizarre and sad I loved it When Margare


  5. Navessa Navessa says:

    Tell me the truthThese are the words that a young journalist speaks to Vida Winter in the beginning of this book Vida is an author famous for spinning magical tales In books, and about her life Each time she releases a new story, she grants multiple interviews, in whic


  6. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsSo here s my problem with gothic literature it s so habitually grotesque that it s predictable.If there s not incest, there s a crazy wife in the attic If there s not a crazy wife in the attic, there s a murderous illegitimate son who s not right in t


  7. Sid Sid says:

    This book has been on my tbr for the last three years Then with time, I lost track of my old list to be read and moved on to reading other books which sparked my interest.Then recently I came across these books which I thought I would red but had never looked at them again, so I


  8. Dem Dem says:

    The perfect October Autumn Read Not since Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier has a book so entranced and haunted me I rarely read a book twice but when this came up for a sit in book group I was so excited as I longed to pull the curtains and welcome in the Autumn nights with this wonderfu


  9. Libby Libby says:

    I know that most people like to work out to Gnarls Barkley or Metallica or what have you, but I find gym based exercise so exceedingly boring that I require narrative to keep me going Since my motor coordination isn t sufficient enough to allow me to turn the pages of a magazine book AND


  10. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield is a gothic suspense novel, the author s first published book in 2006 Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has evaded journalists questions about her past, refusing to answer their inquiries and spinning ela


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