I spent Sunday and Monday in the Outer Banks with my parents, and due to jellyfish and storms, I spent most of the time sitting on my butt reading. It was great!
What made the time even more pleasant was this whimsical debut novel from Lauren Groff. The Monsters of Templeton is about Willie's return to her hometown after a fling with her Ph.D. advisor went awry. She soon finds out that her father is a resident of Templeton who she has known all her life. The book chronicles her search for the identity of her father.
The story goes back and forth between a first person account of the main character's search and stories of her ancestors from their points of view. There are also some journal entries and letters that are used to tell the story. One chapter that consisted of two women's letters back and forth to each other was probably my favorite part of the book. I found her writing style and the unique structure of this story to be engrossing. The characters Groff created are complex and – for the most part – likable. I'm also partial to stories written about small town life so this definitely fit the bill.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, and I will be singing its praises to all of my friends as well!