Weekly entries survey new titles selected by different library staff.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
“Do you intend to tell me the truth?” This debut novel tells the story of two women: Vida Winter, a famous author, whose own life story is coming to an end, and Margaret Lea, a young, book loving girl who is a bookseller in her father's shop. Vida has told her “story” many times but differently each time, to her biographers over the years. Vida invites Margaret to finally record her last biography because of some of her previous biographical work. Margaret stays with Vida in Yorkshire, where she interviews the dying writer, walks the remains of her estate at Angelfield and tries to untangle the old woman's tale of a governess, a ghost and more than one abandoned baby. In all of this Margaret wonders if Vida is really telling the truth or if this is another one of her “stories.” Full of intrigue and suspense, this book is one that will stay with you.