The Monsters of Templeton

By Lauren Groff
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410407139, 643pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Groff's engrossing first novel is wonderfully difficult to classify. Willie Upton returns to her ancestral home in Templeton (actually Cooperstown, NY) to recover from a personal crisis. She then decides to seek the identity of her father. This mystery unfolds through the tales of long-dead relatives and others from Willie's past, which is also Cooperstown's past. And then there's that dead sea-monster that's brought out of the lake....”
-- Carol Dunn, Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner, WI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Disgraced grad student Wilhelmina Cooper returns to her upstate New York hometown to lick her wounds. Her mother gives her new purpose: a research project to track down the father she's never known -- or maybe has. Voices from the town's past slowly reveal their stories, and we see Templeton has had more monsters than just the one in the town lake.”
-- Rosemary Pugliese, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC


Description
Wilhelmina Cooper is told that the key to her biological father's identity lies somewhere in her family's history. She buries herself in the research of her twisted family tree and finds that a chorus of voices from the town's past -- some sinister, all fascinating -- rises up around her to tell their side of the story.



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