When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny. All children mythologize their birth...? So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain. Disinterring the life she meant to bury for good, Vida mesmerizes Margaret with the power of her storytelling. Hers is a tale of gothic strangeness, featuring the Angelfield family-including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, and the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline-a ghost, a governess, and a devastating fire. Struck by a curious parallel between their stories, Margaret demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them. The Thirteenth Tale is a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and 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.
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"Elderly, well-loved author Vida Winter commissions Margaret Lea to record her biography in this gothic mystery. Bianca Amato is stunning as Margaret, who is coming to terms with the truth of her own life as she slowly unravels the facts of Ms. Winter's. Amato's respect for the power of story and the written word is heard in every utterance. Jill Tanner accomplishes a tour de force as the enigmatic and mysterious Vida. In conversation her voice has the hesitancy and fragility of an elderly woman, but her voice takes on the strength and power of a master storyteller as she weaves her spellbinding life story. An author interview is icing on the cake. N.E.M. 2007 Audies Award Winner (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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