The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield audiobook

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

By Diane Setterfield
Read by Lynn Redgrave and Ruthie Henshall

Simon & Schuster Audio
7.17 Hours 1
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Winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Literary Fiction and Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance Instant #1 New York Times bestseller “Readers will feel the magnetic pull of this paean to words, books and the magical power of story.”—People “Eerie and fascinating.”—USA TODAY Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny. Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2007 YALSA Alex Award

A 2007 Dilys Award Finalist

Winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Literary Fiction and Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller

“Readers will feel the magnetic pull of this paean to words, books and the magical power of story.”—People

“Eerie and fascinating.”—USA TODAY

Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny.

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Setterfield, a former professor of 20th-century French literature, is a deft stylist and talented technician. Both her love for literature and the depth of her learning enliven her debut novel.” Washington Post
“Beautifully written and highly intelligent. Blissful escapism for literate (and literary) females who love an old-fashioned story.” Times (London)
“Setterfield proves a mistress of the craft of storytelling and her musings about the pleasures of reading are beguiling.” Guardian
“Setterfield’s first novel is equally suited to a rainy afternoon on the couch or a summer day on the beach.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Diane Setterfield

Author Bio: Diane Setterfield

Diane Setterfield is a former academic, specializing in twentieth-century French literature. She lives in Yorkshire, England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English