First up: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

….is an absorbing read, which is part fantasy, part reality, part history and altogether fiction.

Willie Upton, a brilliant graduate student, returns home disgraced, pregnant by her married professor. Her family has deep and illustrious roots in the small town of Templeton and through letters, journals and first-hand testimonies of the deceased, Willie’s heritage comes to light as she searches for her real father and tries to figure out what to do next.

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4 responses to “First up: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

  1. I just couldn’t get through this one. It lagged for me. I might have to pick it up and keep going.

    • 🙂 Yeah, maybe, give it another try…I liked that the author created fictional “historical” documents through which every character told their own story….I though it was a clever way to slowly lift the veil from Willie’s family history bit by bit. And it also turned the book into a sort of book of short stories….and the fact that the book is fiction, but some of the characters have actually been real people in history. For example, there was an Uncas (I’ve cut and pasted the following from Wikipedia):”(c. 1588 – c. 1683) was a sachem of the Mohegan who through his alliance with the English colonists in New England against other Indian tribes made the Mohegan the leading regional Indian tribe in lower Connecticut.”
      Anyway, enough already. lol I hope that you enjoy it the second time around. Thanks for commenting.:)

    • P.S. if you like historical fiction…I think I read this on your blog, but it could just be a product of my confusion…I came across a temporarily free download for “The Stolen Crown”:

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