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.
About the Author
Diane Setterfield is the #1 "New York Times"bestselling author of "The Thirteenth Tale, "and a former academic, specializing in twentieth-century French literature, particularly the works of Andre Gide. She lives in Yorkshire, England.
Bianca Amato is a two-time Audie Award-winning narrator based in NYC. Theater Credits include The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia, Private Lives, King Lear, The Taming of The Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Pygmalion, Pride and Prejudice, Top Girls, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Broken Heart. Television includes The Big C, Unforgettable, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Sex and The City.
Jill Tanner is celebrating her 40th year in the theater. She was a principal actor with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for eight years and has appeared in many classical as well as new American plays. She has been in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in most major theaters in the United States. She has recorded over 100 books for the Library of Congress. Jill was born in England and worked there for five years before coming to this country. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.