The Monsters of Templeton

The Monsters of Templeton



'Everything a reader might have expected from this gifted writer, and more' Stephen King

'Bold and beautiful' Lorrie Moore

'Pleasurably surreal' Guardian

'Will give you paper cuts from turning pages' Marie Claire

Willie Upton returns to her ancestral home of Templeton, New York after a disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor.

The same day, Willie discovers a hard truth about her long-lost father's identity and a prehistoric monster is discovered in the nearby Lake Glimmerglass, bringing frenzy to the quiet town and her life.

As Willie investigates her family tree, dark secrets come to light, past and present are blurred and old mysteries are finally put to rest. The Monsters of Templeton is an extraordinary novel by literary virtuoso Lauren Groff.

'A vivid tale of unearthing past truths, horrors and lies' Good Housekeeping


  • Lauren Groff's debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton, is everything a reader might have expected from this gifted writer, and more ... There are monsters, murders, bastards, and ne'er-do-wells almost without number. I was sorry to see this rich and wonderful novel come to an end, and there is no higher success than that.
    Stephen King

About the author

Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies and Matrix, and two short story collections, Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in the New Yorker, the Atlantic and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists.
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