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What Lurks Beneath

30000563
Hyperion
THE MONSTERS
OF TEMPLETON

By Lauren Groff
Illustrated. 364 pp.
Voice/William Heinemann.
$24.95/£12.99.

Lifelong readers will understand that the odds of discovering a novel that lives up to the term's adjectival meaning grow increasingly smaller as time goes on. It's a matter of familiarity with narrative and literary tropes: the more books one digests, the more difficult it becomes to find something that truly surprises and delights in the same way all new novels used to, once upon a time. But that's exactly what makes the experience of the gems like Lauren Groff's "The Monsters of Templeton" so special.

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