Part One, Beginnings: The Letter, Margaret's Story, and Thirteen Tales
• Margaret Lea, a young woman who works in the family's rare bookstore, receives a letter from Vida WInter, a popular author.
• Winter invites Margaret to come for interviews and write about Winter's life.
• Margaret reveals a tragedy that has marked her own family: the death of her twin.
• Readers learn of the bookstore, Margaret's propensity to read, and of her mother's depression.
• The "thirteenth tale" is explained: Vida Winter's first book was a collection of short stories, but only twelve of the promised thirteen stories were published.
• After reading much of WInter's work, Margaret's interest is piqued, and she looks ahead to meeting the author.
Part One, Beginnings: Arrival and Meeting Miss Winter
• Margaret is taken by train and then car to a remote house in the north of England. It is in the desolate moors.
• Vida Winters'...
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