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Back to Templeton: October 15, 2008

October 15, 2008

Back in July, I mentioned The Monsters of Templeton — I’d borrowed it from the library and couldn’t get into it before it was due back. I knew it was my kind of book, and I knew I’d read it some day, so when I saw it in the new releases section a few weeks ago, I grabbed it. It’s been lingering on my shelf o’books, waiting patiently for me to pick it.

Last night was the night, and I’ve already read more than I did back in July. I was right: This is my kind of book.

From the bookjacket:

In the wake of a wildly disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor, Willie Upton arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in Templeton, New York, where her hippie-turned-born-again-Baptist mom, Vi, still lives. Willie expects to be able to hide in the place that has been home to her family for generations, but the monster’s death changes the fabric or the quiet, picture-perfect town her ancestors founded. Even further, Willie learns that the story her mother had always told her about her father has all been a lie: he wasn’t the random man from a free-love commune that Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town.

As Willie puts her archaeological skills to work digging for the truth about her lineage, she discovers that the secrets of her family run deep. Through letters, editorials, and journal entries, the dead rise up to tell their sides of the story as dark mysteries come to light, past and present blur, old stories are finally put to rest, and the shocking truth about more than one monster is revealed.

So far, the story lives up the book jacket, and I’m enjoying it very much.

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