Friday Morning Bookclub

August 25, 2010

The Thirteenth Tale: A Review By Carol

Filed under: Book Discussions,Book Recomendations,The Thirteenth Tale — susanbright @ 10:44 am

The Thirteenth Tale is Diane Setterfield’s 2006 debut novel, a long, complex story told in the gothic tradition. Much like Jane Eyre and Turn of the Screw, it features grand but decaying homes, bleak landscapes and strange households. There are family secrets, ghosts and sexual aberrations. There is longing and loneliness, family dysfunction and madness. It is truly a book of suspense.

The stories, and there are multiple stories in this tale, take place in what seems like dark and stormy nights somewhere in England in a bygone era (probably in the 1930’s or so). Vida Winter, a famous but reclusive author of over 60 mystery novels, is getting old and feels the urgency to tell her true life story before she dies. Her most famous work, The Book of Thireen Tales, actually contains only twelve stories, much to the confusion of her fans. This biography proves to be the thirteenth tale her admiring public has long waited for. She finds a young biographer, Margaret Lea, who appeals to her sensibilities, and summons her to her sprawling, remote, and eerily quiet estate to begin the project. The two women cautiously begin the difficult job of uncovering the author’s past layer by layer.

Margaret, like Vida Winter, has secrets and melancholy. In the process of decoding the author’s dark past, Margaret decodes her own. At the end of this emotional journey, both women have the real truth revealed. Both have become unburdened.

I can’t wait for the movie.

August 24, 2010

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Thirteenth Tale By Diane Setterfield 4 1/2 Omelets

Filed under: Polls,Rate The Book,The Thirteenth Tale — susanbright @ 3:52 pm

Amazon readers gave The Thirteenth Tale  4 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave The Thirteenth Tale 4 1/2 stars

The Thirteenth Tale is an intriguing mystery with lots of twists and turns. An excellent book club choice!

August 10, 2010

Rate The Book: The Thirteenth Tale By Diane Setterfield

Filed under: Rate The Book,The Thirteenth Tale — susanbright @ 9:04 am

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July 27, 2010

The Thirteenth Tale

Filed under: The Thirteenth Tale — susanbright @ 9:45 pm

I am really looking forward to discussing this month’s book, The Thirteenth Tale! I don’t want to say too much, because I know that not everyone has finished it yet. Don’t worry…. there are no spoilers in this post! As soon as I finished The Thirteenth Tale, I found myself flipping back to chapter one and skimming it again looking for “clues”. My book is full of book marks!  Every once in a while, someone comes to our meeting having not finished the book. This is one of those books that you have to finish prior to discussing! It is a must read! The more I think about the book, the more intrigued I am.

July 26, 2010

Meet Diane Setterfield, The Author Of This Month’s Book: The Thirteenth Tale

Filed under: The Thirteenth Tale — susanbright @ 9:09 pm

Diane Setterfield was born in the South of England. She attended Bristol University where she studied French Literature. Setterfield taught in several universities and although she had written numerous publications on 19th and 20th century literature, The Thirteenth Tale was her first novel.

 Setterfield was not happy with her first draft. “The biographer, Margaret, was very quiet and reserved and she was very difficult and withdrawn, I could tell she was hiding something from me, but I couldn’t tell what it was.  I got very annoyed with the book and the characters, and didn’t do anything for a year. After that I took a deep breath and sat down with it again. I couldn’t leave it alone – I just felt these characters deserved to have their stories told.”

The Thirteenth Tale was on the Bestseller list within one week of being published. Diane Setterfield lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and four cats and is currently working on her second novel.

July 10, 2010

This Month’s Book:The Thirteenth Tale

Filed under: The Thirteenth Tale,What is next?? — susanbright @ 2:45 pm

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield had me hooked from page 1! I am totally captivated by this book, which is full of twists and turns! When Margaret Lea, an amateur writer working in her fathers book store is chosen by Vida Winter, “one of the world’s most famous living authors” to write her life story, Margaret packs her bag and travels to Vida’s home in Yorkshire.  The Thirteenth Tale is a mystery involving ghosts, lies and family secrets.  We are meeting to discuss it on Friday the 13th. Coincidence……… or not!

June 25, 2010

Next Month’s Book:The Thirteenth Tale

Filed under: The Thirteenth Tale,What is next?? — susanbright @ 6:24 pm

Are you ready to read a good mystery/ ghost story? The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a book full of “family secrets and magic”.  The perfect summer read! Check it out!

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