Lauren Groff is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. Released last year, her latest novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction and was featured in numerous Best of 2015 fiction lists. Amazon.com selected Fates and Furies as the Best Book of 2015. Her first book, The Monsters of Templeton, is set in a fictionalized version of Cooperstown, N.Y., a hometown Groff shares with 19th Century writer James Fennimore Cooper. Groff borrowed the name of the town and some of the characters from Cooper’s 1823 novel The Pioneers.