Title: The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Mystery
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Washington Square Press (October 9, 2007)
Author's Website: http://www.dianesetterfield.com/
Notes: Library Loan
"Do you believe in ghosts?"
Vida Winter is one of the most famous authors of the day. Her most talked about and best known book is her first, which was originally entitled Thirteen Tales. Curiously, when the book went to publication, there were only twelve tales included and the name was changed to Tales of Change and Desperation. When Ms. Winters approaches Margaret Lea to write her biography, Margaret is unsure if she'll take on the task. Most of the biographies she writes are of voices from the past who are no longer living. But Ms. Winter's letter intrigues her enough to meet with the author and consider it. In her letter, Vida Winters confesses to having never told the truth about her past. Being a story teller, she did what story tellers do best--she made up stories, but none of them were ever true.
"I had my reasons for creating a smoke screen around my past. Those reasons, I assure you, are no longer valid."
Now, being ill with death knocking on her door, she's decided to finally tell her tale...
"I am going to tell you a story--a marvelous story!"(...)
"Once upon a time there was a haunted house---"(...)
"Once upon a time there was a library--"(...)
"Once upon a time there were twins--"