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The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
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what a curious little book.

i picked this up, hoping, oddly, for something suki-kim-esque and instead found a bizarrely intricate little novel, remniscent of some amalgamation of stephen king's non-horror stories and The 19th Wife.

i'm generally wary of books where one must actively study a family tree (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I'm lookin' at you!} but, since we're with Willie on her quest to discover the identity of her father through the seamy couplings of the town's founding families, the progress is slow and easy to digest.

groff deftly handles alternating between myriad character voices and perspectives to the degree that i feel she must suffer from some brand of fictionally-charged schizophrenia. the monsters and ghosts, perhaps most strangely, never feel unbelievable or gimmicky. they just...are. because willie accepts them, we do, too.

i do wish that i had the opportunity to really savor this book - reading while entertaining small children comes at the sacrifice of small details. i could see myself rereading this novel at some point, just to get a better sense of the family histories and timelines, which sadly became too complicated to fully process as i rushed to the end.

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10/09/2011 page 18
5.0% ""As George often said, he couldn't care less for filthy lucre." - and now i'm firmly entrenched in DH Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner" wondering when paul will show up to place a bet with bassett."
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Jess I actually have had this in my pile since the last library book sale...

Lauren Fidler i just put it on hold at the library. someone recommended it, so i figured i'd give it a whirl!

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