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The Thirteenth Tale: Discussion Question #10

One Book - One LincolnthirteenthtaleDiscussion Question #10

How do you feel that The Thirteenth Tale compares to One Book One Lincoln finalists of past years? Was it your favorite of the finalists? If not, which one were you rooting for, and why?

(This is the last of the ten Discussion Questions from our official Resource Guide — but stay tuned for additional discussion topics to be posted in this Blog as One Book One Lincoln continues…)

This week’s One Book One Lincoln activities for you to participate in

One Book - One LincolnthirteenthtaleOne Book One Lincoln fans,

Here are the opportunities for you to participate in this year’s One Book One Lincoln during the next week-or-so (October 13th through 20th):

Tuesday, October 14th — 7:00 p.m. — Book Discussion: The Mill (College View)
Discuss the book with fellow readers at 4736 Prescott Ave!

Wednesday, October 15th — 1:00 p.m. — Book Discussion: Sunrise Coffee Co.
Discuss the book with fellow readers at the Piedmont Shops!

Wednesday, October 15th — 7:00 p.m. — Book Discussion: A Novel Idea
Discuss the book with fellow readers at this downtown used bookstore!

Thursday, October 16th — 6:30 p.m. — Book Discussion: Savannah Pines Adult Community
Discuss the book with fellow readers at this senior living center at 3900 Pine Lake Rd.!

Sunday, October 19th — 2:00 p.m. — Anderson Branch — Special Program: Tales From the Topiary!
Winds whisper through trees and flowers bloom in gardens to brighten lives of heroines and villains alike in many of the classic gothic tales we love. Gardens shelter lovers and provide hidden solitude for sobs of sorrow. Gardens such as these play an important role in the telling of “The Thirteenth Tale.” Please join us for a brief film visit to a great Yorkshire garden and a look at some fantastic topiary creations from gardens in England and the U.S. Then enjoy a delightful demonstration in the art of topiary, given by special guest, Gene Gage, owner of Papa Geno’s Herb Garden in Martell, Nebraska. His wonderful rosemary herb topiary creations will be available for sale after the program with all proceeds going to benefit the Lincoln City Libraries.

Monday, October 20th — 2:30 p.m. — Book Discussion: The Cup
Discuss the book with fellow readers at this cafe at 643 S. 25th St.!

Monday, October 20th– 6:30 p.m. — Eiseley Branch — Special Program: Nightmare on Superior St.
Get ready to get scared…. No….. I mean really SCARED!!!! The best of the best of ghost stories told under the dark night sky. Teens of all ages are welcome to share the scare. “The Thirteenth Tale” is filled with hints of ghosts and hauntings and many of our favorite scary stories are based in traditional gothic tales. Tellers from Lincoln LIPS (Lincolnites Involved in Perpetuating Storytelling) and Omaha OOPS (Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling) guarantee shivers and screams. You will check under the bed when you get home……if you get home!

Don’t forget — you can participate in One Book One Lincoln online 24 hours a day. Visit the One Book Blog and leave your own comments in response to discussion topics related to The Thirteenth Tale. Or visit the Storystarters page, where a collection of b&w photos and lines from the book are waiting to inspire you to create your own short stories or autobiographical tales to share with fellow readers!

Check out this year’s official One Book One Lincoln web site for full details, plus additional future scheduling information.

Scott C. / One Book One Lincoln web site manager

The Thirteenth Tale: Discussion Question #9

One Book - One LincolnthirteenthtaleDiscussion Question #9

The classic Gothic novel was clearly an inspiration for Diane Setterfield when she wrote The Thirteenth Tale. Are you a fan of “Gothic” novels, and if so, which ones have you read and enjoyed? How does the author adapt some of the traditional Gothic conventions, such as haunted houses, family secrets and mistaken identity as catalysts for her own storytelling?

The Thirteenth Tale: Discussion Question #8

One Book - One LincolnthirteenthtaleDiscussion Question #8

The Thirteenth Tale is a novel constructed of plots within plots, stories intersecting and containing other storie. Margaret’s story frames Miss Winter’s. Miss Winter’s story is itself constructed of two threads: the story of her past, which she is telling Margaret, and her present. Still other stories are drawn in around the edges: the story of Hester’s relationship with Angelfield’s doctor; Mrs. Love’s tale; even a brief biography of Ambrose, Aurelius’s father. Did you find that the structure of the book enhanced its telling, or was it a distraction?

The Thirteenth Tale: Discussion Question #7

One Book - One LincolnthirteenthtaleDiscussion Question #7

Like the book whose secrets are hinted at by its cover, houses reveal much about their owners. This is especially true in The Thirteenth Tale, where houses are virtual reflections of their inhabitants. Margaret’s room above her father’s bookshop, Angelfield, and Miss Winter’s Yorkshire home all reveal much about the people who live in them, as does Aurelius’s cozy cottage. What did you think about the meaning of houses and other structures in The Thirteenth Tale? What do the characters’ surroundings say about them and their role in the novel?