The Monsters of Templeton

The Monsters of Templeton

A Novel

Book - 2008
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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, this spellbinding novel is at its core a tale of how one town holds the secrets of a family.

In the wake of a wildly disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor, Willie Upton arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in Templeton, New York, where her hippie-turned-born-again-Baptist mom, Vi, still lives. Willie expects to be able to hide in the place that has been home to her family for generations, but the monster's death changes the fabric of the quiet, picture-perfect town her ancestors founded. Even further, Willie learns that the story her mother had always told her about her father has all been a lie: he wasn't the random man from a free-love commune that Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town.

As Willie puts her archaeological skills to work digging for the truth about her lineage, she discovers that the secrets of her family run deep. Through letters, editorials, and journal entries, the dead rise up to tell their sides of the story as dark mysteries come to light, past and present blur, old stories are finally put to rest, and the shocking truth about more than one monster is revealed.

Baker & Taylor
Returning in disgrace to her born-again Christian mother's home after an affair with her professor, temperamental Willie arrives at the same time the remains of a prehistoric creature is discovered in the town's lake, a finding that tests Willie's archaeological skills and leads to painful revelations about her family. A first novel. 100,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"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.

Baker
& Taylor

Returning in disgrace to her mother's home after an affair with her professor, temperamental Willie arrives at the same time the remains of a prehistoric creature are discovered in the town's lake, a finding that leads to painful revelations about Willie's family.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2008
ISBN: 9781401322250
Branch Call Number: FIC Groff
Characteristics: x, 364 p. : ill., maps

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RaquelMaria
Apr 06, 2017

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

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jdrinca
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.

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Novel_Librarian
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.

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LDPBLM
Aug 16, 2014

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

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h1906882x
May 02, 2011

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

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annspivack
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.

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BeyondBridgetJones
Jan 26, 2010

76% approval rating from BBJ members!

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