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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
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Jun 10, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

This was a somewhat dark story that takes on a surprising turn toward the end ... bringing it to an unexpected and satisfactory ending.
The story revolves around a well-known writer, Vida Winters, whose past life and background is a dark secret. She decides to tell her story in her older years to young Margaret Lea, the daughter of a shopkeeper of rare and old books. The story unfolds gradually ... and is a harsh and difficult one that keeps unfolding in layer after dark layer.
It would certainly spoil this book for me to reveal Vida's real story ... but you will certainly find this a fascinating read.... especially if you are a book lover. Many of the quotes about words, books, and authors are memorable:'
Reading can be dangerous" ..."A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth>' ...
"there is something about words ... they take you prisoner ... inside you they work their magic."
and "What better way to know someone than through her choice and treatment of books?"
This is a thoughtful book ... not an easy book to read ... but a good one for your book club to discuss!

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