Childhood typically includes a period of sleepless nights and interrupted playtimes caused by the fearful sense that monsters lurk under beds or behind attic doors. Thankfully, this phobia passes for most little ones as they mature and monsters are relegated to movie screens or campfire stories. By adulthood, monsters are pure fantasy hardly a subject of concern or any thought at all. Not so in Lauren Groff's Templeton (modeled after real life Cooperstown, New York) where monsters both real and metaphorical are oddly prominent in daily adult life. The metaphorical goblins are more menacing than the fleshy ones, however; they slither and hover in the form of family secrets, small town prejudices, faulty assumptions and other ills of human ...
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