The Monsters of Templeton

The Monsters of Templeton

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"The day I returned to Templeton steeped in disgrace, the fifty-foot corpse of a monster surfaced in Lake Glimmerglass."

So begins The Monsters of Templeton , a novel spanning two centuries: part a contemporary story of a girl's search for her father, part historical novel, and part ghost story. In the wake of a disastrous love affair with her older, married archaeology professor at Stanford, brilliant Wilhelmina Cooper arrives back at the doorstep of her hippie mother-turned-born-again-Christian's house in Templeton, NY, a storybook town her ancestors founded that sits on the shores of Lake Glimmerglass. Upon her arrival, a prehistoric monster surfaces in the lake bringing a feeding frenzy to the quiet town, and Willie learns she has a mystery father her mother kept secret Willie's entire life.

The beautiful, broody Willie is told that the key to her biological father's identity lies somewhere in her family's history, so she buries herself in the research of her twisted family tree and finds more than she bargained for as a chorus of voices from the town's past--some sinister, all fascinating--rise up around her to tell their side of the story. In the end, dark secrets come to light, past and present day are blurred, and old mysteries are finally put to rest.

The Monsters of Templeton is a fresh, virtuoso performance that has placed Lauren Groff among the best writers of today.
Publisher: New York : Voice/Hyperion, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401322250
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: x, 364 p. : ill., map, geneal. tables ; 25 cm.


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Apr 06, 2017

I didn't like this book, I felt unpleasantly deceived by the author.

Mar 08, 2017

The Monsters of Templeton were neurotic and unlikable. Lauren Groff is a good writer but she seems to be very impressed with how clever she thinks she is. I finished the book because of the good quality writing, but I was sorry I spent time on it.

Dec 03, 2014

This novel is an archaeological dig into a family’s past, a portrait of a town, a web of connections that includes a sea monster (yep).

I loved the writing - Groff delves into journals and letters and other primary documents from her fictional town's forebears, and does so masterfully.

Aug 16, 2014

I loved this book ! Without question , it reminded me of " Sacre Bleu " the same mix of historical fiction , weirdness , and charm ....

May 02, 2011

This is another book which I'll read more than once.

Jun 28, 2010

I loved the author's writing style but this book was too gimmicky for me. I wanted Dandelion Wine and instead it felt more like Emily Giffin on halucinogens. If she'd written it straightforwardly, I think I would have liked it better.

BeyondBridgetJones Jan 26, 2010

76% approval rating from BBJ members!


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