Book: The Thirteenth Tale
Author: Diane Sutterfield
Year Published: 2006
Genre: Fantasy, I guess? Drama/narrative’Gothic and such
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Target Audience: Women and teens, probably.
Romance: Some sweet elements, and some really creepy elements.
Setting: Half in the 1970s, half in the 1900s. The story is about a lady who writes the biography of a woman growing up in the early 1900s.
Characters: Margaret, the biographer, Vida Winter, the person being interviewed, various relatives of each.
Plot: The plot for this story is very interesting. A famous author, Vida Winter, is old. Over the years, she gave hundreds of different story versions to newspapers and during interviews about her origins. They were all untrue. But, now that she is dying, she wants to tell the truth. She hires Margaret, who specializes in biographies and family histories to write it for her. The book tells the story of Vida Winter’s past and Margaret’s present.
Thoughts: I like this book. I would give it five stars, but there is some creepy incest/mutilation stuff in the very beginning of the book that I thought was unnecessary. Nothing is actually vividly stated, but it is vividly implied, and I almost quit reading the book because of it. However, I kept reading because of the beauty of the writing style, and I am glad I did because I loved how the story ended. If you like sweeping, epic stories and trans-generational romances similar to Wuthering Heights, you will love this book. You will probably also love this book if you appreciate good writing, as Diane Sutterfield is an amazing author.