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Lauren Groff

The Monsters of Templeton

Lauren Groff.
Publisher Voice/QPB  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780739499160
Pages/Publication Date 364/2008
Daedalus Item Code 11526
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"The day I returned to Templeton steeped in disgrace, the fifty-foot corpse of a monster surfaced in Lake Glimmerglass." From its first line, this debut novel from the author of Fates and Furies and Arcadia weaves a lyrical, spellbinding tale spanning two centuries, rich with echoes of James Fenimore Cooper's mythical Upstate New York. At its center is whip-smart archaeology postgraduate Willie Upton, who is pregnant with the child of her married professor—and who finds out from her hippie-turned-Baptist mother that her own absent father was not another lost flower child, but someone from Templeton.

"Based on the works of James Fenimore Cooper—particularly The Pioneers, in which the celebrated novelist reimagines his hometown, Cooperstown, New York, as Templeton—Lauren Groff's debut novel startled critics with its originality and power. Despite its magical realist elements, The Monsters of Templeton is primarily an exploration of the history of Templeton and its monsters of the decidedly human variety. Willie is an engaging and likable character, and the plot is driven forward by the imaginative use of invented source documents and vintage photos culled by Groff from antique stores, flea markets, and even eBay.... Compared to Carol Shields, 'only more whimsical and inventive' (San Francisco Chronicle), Groff is a promising new writer who has penned an innovative, entertaining first novel."—Bookmarks Magazine

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