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Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - June Book Club Discussion

Many of us read fiction like writers, so this group is especially attuned to aspiring writers who want to know more about the craft of writing. The books we chose are all available in paperback and can be found at the library in print or audio.  This month's book:

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness -- featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess,a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

The Wonderland Book Club is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network (NCWN)

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  • Lyn T.

    Great discussion and a great group of thinking women.

    June 23, 2012

  • Alice Osborn, W.

    Brilliant discussion of a an amazing gothic novel, ("The Thirteenth Tale") that was impossible to put down once you got into it. Thanks, ladies for the energizing discussion!

    June 23, 2012

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