Gem of a Book

Book: The Monsters of Templeton - A tour de force filled with family secrets and skeletons spanning two centuries.
@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
June 9, 2008 11:06am CST
Every once in awhile a book comes along that has all the right elements to make it a huge success. The Monsters of Templeton is such a book. The author, Lauren Groff has presented a real tour de force in her novel that goes back two generations into a family's history to uncover literally all of the skeletons in the closet. The book drew my attention because it came highly recommended by Stephen King. The first thing that grabbed me with this book was the cover. The story's heroine is a female grad student who slinks home in shame and disgrace and soon embarks upon a journey to find her real father. To do this she has to go back through several generations, revealing many secrets along the way.The story has something that would appeal to most everyone on one level or another. If you enjoy reading I highly recommend this book. It is a first novel and I cannot imagine the author topping this one.
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@mummymo (23707)
9 Jun 08
I have never heard of this book before now worldwise honey but thanks for the info - I love to read and I think this sounds like one I shall definitely have to try and get a hold of! xxx
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
12 Jun 08
This was such a good story, mummymo, that I would really like to see it made into a movie -maybe even a miniseries. If you wish to read more about it I have provided a link above.
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@mummymo (23707)
13 Jun 08
I am off for a look now! xxx
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
12 Jun 08
That does sound interesting. As I was once a grad student. Although I did no slinking, I didn't finish my PhD, I just have to be content with my MS. I think I might actually have a copy of that book around here somewhere. I guess I'll have to get around to reading it now.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
12 Jun 08
My first thoughts were that I had made a poor choice since this book seemed to be so far removed from what I usually like, Aurone. You can check out the pertinent information at the above link.
@GardenGerty (101631)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Thanks for posting this. I will see if I can find it, as it sounds like the type of book that would appeal to me. Is it kind of what they used to call "gothic"?
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Sorry, GG, but I neglected to post the link where you can go to learn more about the book and the author.http://monsters.everywomansvoice.com/It is a combination monster story, ghost story, mystery. The story has many elements, and, yes, some of them are Gothic.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I just requested this from our library. I have only one hold ahead of me. That's good for me. I always appreciate hearing about an interesting book. I also find it interesting that Stephen King recommended it - should be a good read.