Sunday, January 25, 2009

Table of Contents: Monsters of Templeton

Author: Lauren Groff
Publisher: Hyperion
Year: 2007
Synopsis: Willie Upton returns to her hometown of Templeton, NY at the same time as an enormous monster dies in Lake Glimmerglass. Coincidence or serendipity? Willie looks at her return as a way to hide from the disgrace of getting pregnant by a colleague. But Willie soon learns that the story her mom told her about her father has all been a lie. Not a one-night stand as long-believed, but someone else completely, someone deeply tied to Templeton. Willie, putting her archaelogical skills to the test, begins digging through her lineage and the town's dark past to solve old mysteries and to find out who she really is.

What Others Have to Say:
Christian Science Monitor
"As a work of imagination, "The Monsters of Templeton" excels."

New York Times
"It speaks well for her narrative talents that Willie Upton, disarming and smart, holds even more interest than the elaborate events that surround her."

USA Today
"The Monsters of Templeton makes readers work, but its rewards are worth it."

Entertainment Weekly
"...both thrills and delights with its poignant, breathtaking prose..."

Pop Matters
"...the ingenious use of photo illustrations of Willie’s relatives is irresistibly effective..."

Globe and Mail
"It is an astounding debut, in which Groff's talent is evident from structural complexity to exuberant and unique writing style."

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