Thursday, November 02, 2006
The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a book that builds to a sturdy but shocking conclusion. Margaret Lea is a biographer, a loner by nature, who is summoned to the bedside of Vida Winter. Vida Winter is the most beloved author in British History and she is dying. Vida has spent most of her career making falsehoods about her past, something that she wants to remedy. She hires Margaret to write her biography but only after promising the biographer that there will be no more lies, no more falsehoods. The tale that she spins is fascinating and dark and not dissimilar to Daphne DuMaurier and the Bronte Sisters. The writing style is very gothic and perfect reading for a dreary, rainy, cold afternoon in Autumn. Setterfield has done a masterful job with her first book. I look forward to seeing what she will do next!