A wonderful novel for a lover of books and words. It only missed being a 4-star rating for me because I think it could have used a little editing in the middle. Margaret is a semi-professional biographer who is selected by Vida Winter, England's greatest living writer, to pen Vida's true life story. Vida has spent her career dodging questions about her past; indeed, instead of the truth she tells a different wild story to every interviewer. But tell the truth to Margaret she does. And a dark, twisted, gothic tale it is. A big, chewy, haunting, and beautifully written book.