New York, NY: Hyperion (2008)
First Edition. Signed.
Fine in dust jacket.
"The day I returned to Templeton steeped in disgrace, the fifty-foot corpse of a monster surfaced in Lake Glimmerglass."
So begins The Monsters of Templeton, a novel spanning two
centuries: part a contemporary story of a girl's search for her father,
part historical novel, and part ghost story, this spellbinding novel is
at its core a tale of how one town holds the
secrets of a family.
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
to hide in the place that has been home to her family for generations,
but the monster's death changes the fabric of 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.