Lauren Groff's The Monsters of Templeton (Hyperion) was one of the most enjoyable debuts of 2008. The story of 28-year-old Willie Upton's search for her real father among the quirky denizens of Templeton was "ambitious, playful, intelligent and never dull," as I wrote in a BookPage review.
On March 13, readers can get lost in another unusual community created by Groff: Arcadia (Hyperion/Voice). But Arcadia isn't a charming small town; it's a ramshackle house in western New York that is home to a utopian community. Groff's protagonist is a 13-year-old boy, Bit, who was born the year the commune was established. Over the course of the novel he must cope with the changes that occur and "make his way through life and through the world outside of Arcadia where he must eventually live," explains the Hyperion catalog.
Sounds intriguing. I can't wait to read this one.
p.s. If you want to read Monsters before Arcadia comes out, it's currently one of the 20 eBooks that Hyperion has marked down to just $2.99 to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Check out the full list here. Sale ends on October 24.