Monday, February 2, 2009

Books: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

We just finished January's book club selection (and not a moment too soon because the meeting is this Wednesday) and can review it for our mother to share at her club that we're not invited too. Perhaps we will start a doggie book club! Yeah, that will show her to not invite us! Anyway, the selection this month was a book called The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff; a book about love, family, home towns, ancestry, and real live monsters!

Running away from a disastrous affair with her archeology professor, Willie Upton arrives in her home town needing some R&R but instead she finds that a 50-foot-long monster has floated up from the local lake, her mother has abandoned her hippie ways and found Jesus, and that her father is not a random man from a hippie commune but a man from Templeton whom she has known all her life. She uses her archeology skills to dig into history to find out who her father is, while unearthing things about Templeton and its members that intended to remain buried. This is a great story and a cool read. Lauren Groff has included 'family portraits' and ancestral trees that lend the novel an air of authenticity.

Quick vote: This is one of the best books we've read in a while. It was different, it was interesting, and it was a great read!

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