Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield
Pub:   Atria Books Yr: 2006

Reclusive author Vida Winter is a storyteller. In fact, she has been a master storyteller for nearly 60 years. Reporters and interviewers alike have tried to tell her personal story, but she tells each one a completely different tale. The 13th tale is elusive.

Now ailing, she wants to tell her story, a story of tragedy and pain. She contacts Margaret Lea, a book lover and a biographer. As Vida begins to tell her story, she lays down some rather strict rules and in the process mesmerizes Miss Lea. As the tale progresses, the two have more in common than either of them originally thought.

Others have described this book as a gothic tale. I would not have used that word, but the story was set in gloom and darkness. It is beautifully written fascinating tale of a young woman's  life surrounded by hidden truths, a dysfunctional brother and sister, sadness, and a  tragic fire. In the end, the ailing writer finishes her story and her life and in doing so, allows Margaret to confront her own past and find contentment she didn't know was possible.

This my May entry in the 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge hosted by Sarah at  Workaday Reads. Visit her blog and join us in featuring your electronic reads. 

Until next time
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