Thursday, March 11, 2010

All About Books: The Thirtheenth Tale

Last night my book club met to talk about our most recent read, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Even though we didn't talk a lot about the book last night, I really have to recommend this "modern Gothic" novel.

Here's a picture of the cover just in case my review inspires you to head to Barnes and Noble to pick up your own copy:

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: Book Cover

Now for a brief synopsis: Margaret Lea, biographer and rare book dealer specializing in the 19th Century, is employed by Vida Winter, Britain's most famous and secretive author, to write Miss Winter's true biography before Miss Winter's impending death. Upon her arrival, Margaret learns that she and her newest employer have a lot in common: a deep love of reading as well as the fact that they are both twins. I don't want to say too much because the story is gripping and I don't want to ruin the story for anyone out there. I had a hard time putting this book down; I even stayed up late into the night (ok, 11 pm, which is pretty late for me!) to figure out what happens next.

The book draws heavily from other Gothic novels such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and (at least I'm told) The Woman in White. I particularly enjoyed seeing how The Thirteenth Tale connected to the stories of the Bronte sisters.

Happy reading! And thanks for stopping by!

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