That is exactly why Willie Upton found herself reluctantly sneaking back into
But it was not going to be that simple because, in Templeton (loosely based on the author’s hometown of
Sensing that what her daughter needed to get her through her crisis was a project to give her some focus, Vivienne let slip that Willie was really not the product of the free love that her mother had experienced in a San Francisco commune. Rather, she was the result of a Templeton one-night stand and her real father lived within walking distance of her. Refusing to name him, Vivienne offered Willie only one vague clue as to her father’s identity but that was just enough to set Willie off on a quest through her family tree as she attempted to find the father she had never known.
The Monsters of Templeton is a remarkable first novel that will appeal to history buffs, mystery lovers, and fans of good writing alike. Lauren Groff lets many of Willie Upton’s ancestors tell their own stories, with whole chapters written in their individual voices, and she manages to give each of them a distinct and unique personality. Some of them are likable, others not, and it soon becomes apparent that there are more monsters in this story than the one that dies in the town’s deep lake on the same morning that Willie comes home.
Even though this novel will not be published until February 2008, I don’t think that it is too early to put it on your “to be read” list. I have been meaning to make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Rated at: 4.0