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Southwest Book Club Meets August 11

thirteenthtale.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room. The club will discuss the book, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Margaret Lea is summoned to the home of Vida Winter, England's most popular novelist, and commanded to write her biography. Miss Winter has been falsifying her life story and her identity for more than 60 years. Facing imminent death and feeling an unexplainable connection to Margaret, Miss Winter begins to spin a haunting, suspenseful tale. Setterfield's debut novel. A ghostly tale about the tranformative power of truth.


Copies of this book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Much of the novel takes place in two grand estates - Angelfield and then Miss Winter's. How are the houses reflections of their inhabitants?

2. As the story unfolds, we learn that Margaret and Miss Winter are both twins. What else do they have in common?

3. The title of this novel is taken from the title of Miss Winter's first book, Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation, a collection of twelve stories with a mysterious thirteenth left out at the last minute before publication. How is this symbolic of the novel? What is the thirteenth tale?

4. Miss Winter frequently changes points of view from third to first person, from "they" to "we" to "I," in telling her story. The first time she uses "I" is in the recounting of Isabelle's death and Charlie's disappearance. What did you make of this shifting when Margaret points it out on page 204?

5. The story shifts significantly after the death of Mrs Dunne and John Digence. Adeline steps forward as intelligent, well-spoken, and confident -- the "girl in the mists" emerges. Did you believe this transformation? If not, what did you suspect was really going on?
(Discussion questions obtained from http://www.litlovers.com/guide_thirteentale.html)

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