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The Monsters of Templeton
The Monsters of Templeton
Author: Lauren Groff
"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, this spellbinding novel is at its core a tale of ho...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781401322250
ISBN-10: 1401322255
Publication Date: 2/5/2008
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 68 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 9
This book is hard to categorize, part fiction, mystery and fantasy.

Willie (Wilhelmina) Upton has returned to her hometown of Templeton NY. She has left school at Stanford in disgrace and hopes to hide away in the town that her family has lived in for generations. On the day she arrives an enormous monster dies and rises to the surface of Lake Glimmerglass. Not knowing what to expect when she finally goes home to her mother she is shocked when Vi informs Willie that she lied about her father being a one night stand and that her true father lives in Templeton. So Willie sets out to find the truth about her father and along the way uncovers many family secrets and a few other âmonsters'.
I really, really liked this book. I loved the plot, the delving into the past, hearing the story in many different voices. I love the magic and supernatural embellishments; they added another fun layer to the story. There is more than one monster in this tale and it was so well done and enjoyable I was sorry to see it end; I have so many questions about so many of the characters I am longing for a sequel!!!
A high recommend.
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Helpful Score: 5
This was a very different, very readable story...part fantasy, part reality. Worth the read, she is a new, creative author.
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I quite liked this novel. Parts of it were predictable, and the base story of a small town girl returning home was nothing new, but I enjoyed how the author interwove the heroine's story with the history of a ficitonalized Cooperstown, New York.
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Helpful Score: 2
An interesting mix of fantasy and reality - much like all of our lives. The characters attempts to find truth and balance in their own lives and families will echo most reader's own inner lives.
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit actually. I was quickly drawn into the story. The author's writing is a different sometimes...a lot of characters to keep up with, can be confusing at times.
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28-year-old Wilhelmina Willie Upton returns to her picturesque hometown of Templeton, N.Y., after a disastrous affair with her graduate school professor during an archeological dig in Alaska.

In Templeton, Willie's shocked to find that her once-bohemian mother, Vi, has found religion. Vi also reveals to Willie that her father wasn't a nameless hippie from Vi's commune days, but a man living in Templeton. With only the scantiest of clues from Vi, Willie is determined to untangle the roots of the town's greatest families and discover her father's identity.

Brilliantly incorporating accounts from generations of Templetoniansas well as characters borrowed from the works of James Fenimore Cooper, who named an upstate New York town Templeton in The PioneersGroff paints a rich picture of Willie's current predicaments and those of her ancestors.

Readers will delight in Willie's sharp wit and Groff's creation of an entire world, complete with a lake monster and illegitimate children.

I found this book very intriguging.

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