Friday, February 08, 2008
MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON by Lauren Groff
I belong to a Signed, First Edition Book Club that sends me one new book per month. I try to only allow myself one new book a month and then use the library for the rest. You booklovers know how hard that is!!!
This month's selection was the MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON by Lauren Groff. I had heard some positive buzz about this book and was excited it read it. I really enjoyed it! I can't pinpoint exactly why I liked it so much.
The book centers around prodigal daughter Willie Upton who returns home to small-town Templeton after being dumped by her married archaeology professor and finding herself pregnant. While home, Willie starts to delve into the truth about her past while uncovering secrets of her hometown. Several James Fenimore Cooper characters make appearances as well as a mysterious lake monster. The book serves up a wonderful view of the intricacies of a small historic town while providing a little mystery as well.
I found this book hard to put down. I had to figure out the mystery and find out more about the town's founding family. Several different characters narrate the story and you see the town and its history from different points of view. My only complaint would be that it was sometimes difficult to keep track of all the characters. However, I found the book utterly delightful and entertaining. A great first offering by Groff.