Saturday, May 03, 2008

2008 book 60

Lauren Groff's The Monsters of Templeton
Brief version: Awesome novel about an archaeologist/PhD student who returns to her childhood home (where she is the descendent of the town's founder and his famous author son, all based loosely on Cooperstown and James Fenimore Cooper), pregnant and brokenhearted, and discovers that her heretoore unknown father is actually a town resident and does all sorts of family history and sleuthing to figure out who he is; meanwhile, the novel is narrated by various historical personages and other members of the town, which is in an uproar since the monster living in the lake surfaced, dead. Yeah, it's hard to explain it briefly, but it's really good. A.

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