Wednesday, November 6, 2013


The Thirteenth Tale

Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale .NY:Atria Books, c2006, 406 pages #1 New York Times Bestseller

This is a book about about twins, sometimes dark and twisted, sometimes tender and sweet. It is a mystery as well. 

Margaret Lea has been chosen by the reclusive writer Vida Winter to write her biography. Vida is ill, and Margaret must go to live with her until the real story is told.  Because there are stories within the story, Margaret's job is not easy.

Margaret is a twin, as are Adeline and Emmeline Angelfield. Margaret found out about her twin by accident and never admitted to her parents that she knew.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes.  

“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”

"In a single moment, a moment of vertiginous, kaleidoscopic bedazzlement, the story Miss Winter had told me unmade and remade itself...Like those images that reveal a young bride if you hold the page one way, and an old crone if you hold it the other."

If you love books and reading, if you love the way words become magical, this book is for you.  Recommended for advanced readers.

Review by Mrs. Belknap


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