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The Thirteenth Tale

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The Thirteenth Tale

by Setterfield, Diane

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Atria Books, 2006. 1st Edition 2nd Printing. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Perfect condition. Remarkable first novel. #1 Bestseller on both The New York Times, and The Globe & Mail. The story of Vida Winter, famous, reclusive, secretive, best-selling author, nearing the end of her life, and her decision to invite Margaret Lea, young, unknown daughter of an Antiquarian Bookseller, and biographer of little known 19th authors, to be the one to finally write Vida Winters extraordinary life story.

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The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel published in 2006. It is Diane Setterfield's debut novel.

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On Aug 26 2014, a reader said:
Suspenseful and beautifully written, this is a tale that will hold your attention. Just when you think you know where the story is heading, a twist occurs that throws you off course. One of the most mesmerizing books I have read this summer!
On Jan 29 2009, Killswan said:
This novel is a literary tribute by the author to gothic and romantic novels enjoyed in her own English girlhood -- especially JAYNE EYRE. Pick any five consecutive sentences of THE THIRTEENTH TALE and you may find at most one flat, ordinary formulation. This is "poetry" or poetic prose as Heidegger saw it: "thickening" (German Dichtung). That is, ordinary words and experiences carry weight beyond what most writers make language bear. No glossary needed for this tale of Yorkshire. Just bring your heart. ***

Can two depressingly dysfunctional generations of the Angelfield family finally spawn normal offspring? Must twin girls neglected by their parents remain weird for life? The novel asks why does it take Margaret Lea, an outsider biographer, whose twin had died at birth, to tell when Britain's greatest novelist, Vida Winter, is lying about her family. "Trust but verify" is Margaret's model and it helps her both unravel the Angelfields and their tragedy and come to terms with herself and her parents. ***

THE THIRTEENTH TALE makes a case that the classic way to tell a tale (especially when the yarn is deliberately gothic and romantic) is always the best way: with a beginning which assumes nothing, a middle which blends the elements into fiendishly complex puzzles, enigmas and terrors, and a brief end and coda in which all is explained. Does that also sound like the best kind of detective story? ***

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MAD HATTER BOOKSTORE CA (CA)
Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
The Thirteenth Tale
Author
Setterfield, Diane
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
New New
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New
Quantity Available
1
Edition
1st Edition 2nd Printing
ISBN 10
038566284X
ISBN 13
9780385662840
Publisher
Atria Books
Place of Publication
Toronto, On, Canada
Date Published
2006
Pages
406
Size
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall

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