Monday, August 25, 2008

The Thirteenth Tale


That is my review, plain and simple. How could I have missed this book?! Why didn't someone tell me about it sooner?! It is fantastic. It takes a little bit to get into it, but then it sucks you in. The kind you stay up all night reading and don't even care when you doze off three or four times the next day.

Vida Winter is an incredibly famous writer who has published countless books. She is very mysterious and no one knows anything about her or her life before she was famous. Every time someone comes to interview her and ask her personal questions, she makes up these fabulous tales because she claims that no one wants to hear a true story, only fiction. Well, she is dying and now it is time to tell this final tale. So she asks a young woman, Margaret, who works in her dad's bookstore and also writes biographies to be the one to write her story. Margaret sits all day and listens to a master storyteller tell her life story. It is so good because you are trying to solve a mystery, only you aren't quite sure what the mystery is. If you like serious plot twists, you will love this book.

When I finished it, I just wanted to start over again. I think it may have even jumped onto my top ten books.


S & RA Beazer said...

Thanks for the review. The book came across my desk today and I thought I really should read it, especially since someone asked if it was any good. Now I really must as soon as I finish what I am already reading.

Lauren Horsley said...

Yay! I'm so pleased to hear a positive review of this book! I had seriously considered making it my choice this past year in my neighborhood book club but was hesitant because I hadn't heard much about it. THANK YOU! I will definitely pick it for the coming year.

S and RA Beazer said...

After two years of sitting on my night stand, I finally broke down and read it. It was excellent. Well worth ones time spent in getting lost in the story and mystery. I love a book that throws in a twist or two to keep you on your toes.

Cee said...

I also loved this book. Why doesn't she write another?!

Memos In Stilettos said...

I loved, loved, loved, this book too!