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Laura | 54 comments The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
3.95 · Rating details · 230,384 Ratings · 19,559 Reviews
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.

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.


Laura | 54 comments Hi everyone,
Quick reminder: If you would like to contribute with book suggestions for next year please email me by Wednesday. (Or you can even post your list on here if it's easier.) Thanks all :)


Courtney (courtneyparkervo) | 61 comments Laura wrote: "Hi everyone,
Quick reminder: If you would like to contribute with book suggestions for next year please email me by Wednesday. (Or you can even post your list on here if it's easier.) Thanks all :)"


I don't know how good these are but they are on my To-Read list.

Children of Men
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Kite Runner
The Passage
We are Water
The Dovekeepers
The Bone Clocks


Laura | 54 comments Laura wrote: "Hi everyone,
Quick reminder: If you would like to contribute with book suggestions for next year please email me by Wednesday. (Or you can even post your list on here if it's easier.) Thanks all :)"


Great! Thanks Courtney. I'll add these to the list :)


Courtney (courtneyparkervo) | 61 comments I heard the Passage is excellent but I have been holding off b/c the trilogy was incomplete. Not sure if it's finished yet.


Laura | 54 comments Courtney wrote: "I heard the Passage is excellent but I have been holding off b/c the trilogy was incomplete. Not sure if it's finished yet."

I just looked it up and the trilogy does seem to be complete.


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Jim (therapon24601) | 139 comments The narrator is annoying.


Courtney (courtneyparkervo) | 61 comments Re: narrator. I heard a loud throat noise!


Courtney (courtneyparkervo) | 61 comments Re: the thirteenth tale


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Pamela | 36 comments Hey Laura...hope I’m not too late for the list.

My Family and other animals by Gerald Durrell
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue


Laura | 54 comments Hi! It’s not too late! Thanks for the titles :)


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