2017 New fiction: Karl Geary on his debut Montpelier Parade
The debut novel from Karl Geary introduces us to Sonny and Vera, a young man and an older woman who meet and forge an unconventional relationship in the Dublin of the early 1980s Chance meetings become shy arrangements, and soon Sonny is in love for the first time. Casting off his lonely life of dreams and quiet violence for this new, intoxicating encounter, he longs to know Vera, even to save her. But what is it that Vera isn’t telling him? Unfolding in the sea-bright, rain-soaked Dublin of early spring, Montpelier Parade is a beautiful, cinematic novel about desire, longing, grief, hope and the things that remain unspoken. It is about how deeply we can connect with one another, and the choices we must also make alone.
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Karl Geary – Montpelier Parade
Selected as a Book of the Year in 2017 in theIrish TimesandThe Times
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2017
‘A delicate, crystalline, hugely impressive novel… He’s yet another masterful younger writer coming through… Wonderful’ – Sebastian Barry
Her house is on Montpelier Parade – just across town, but it might as well be a different world. Sonny is fixing a crumbling wall in the garden when he sees her for the first time, coming down the path towards him. Vera.
Vera is older, wealthier, sophisticated, but chance meetings quickly become shy arrangements, and soon Sonny is in love for the first time. But there is something unsettling that Vera is keeping from him. Unfolding in the sea-bright Dublin of early spring,Montpelier Paradeis an indelible novel about the things that remain unspoken between lovers. It is about how deeply we can connect with one another, and the choices we must make alone.
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
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