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The Thirteenth Tale - A Novel

Diane Setterfield

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner

Length:

15h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

58:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

28:23


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

21:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

20:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:59


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

24:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

18:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

38:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

17:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:33