Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Moss Bluff Book Chat: November 1, 2011

Below is a summary of our discussion on our October “Book of the Month” The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

The novel The Thirteenth Tale follows biographer Margaret Lea, who receives the opportunity to write a full-access biography on the acclaimed and notoriously elusive author Vida Winter. The novel’s author, Diane Setterfield, invokes gothic elements and style reminiscent of Charlotte and Emily Bronte as she slowly unravels Vida’s deepest and darkest secrets.

Readers in our group were rather divided: some quickly lost interest and found the writing to be overly-detailed, while others ultimately enjoyed the novel despite the challenge to complete it at times. Fans also cited various plot holes in the book but were still appreciative of the majority of the novel’s story, including its big twist.

The Thirteenth Tale is not for everyone, but Setterfield does successfully execute gothic style enough to satisfy most Bronte fans.

Find a copy of the novel at your local branch!

Have you already read The Thirteenth Tale? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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