'A delicate, crystalline, hugely impressive novela He's yet another masterful younger writer coming througha Wonderful' Sebastian BarryThe house is on Montpelier Parade- just across town, but it might as well be a different world. Working on the garden with his father one Saturday, Sonny is full of curiosity. Then the back door eases open and she comes down the path towards him. Vera.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.Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
"A delicate, crystalline, hugely impressive novel by Karl Geary. He's yet another masterful younger writer coming through. But these writers aren't just promising, they are arriving fully fledged, like a bunch of Hemingways and Waughs. (A pride of Hemingways?) This is language on the side of life, suggesting life, giving life. Wonderful." -- Sebastian Barry "Intensely powerful." * Sunday Mirror * "Luminous...brilliantly paced, full of tension and tenderness." * Irish Times * "Few novelists debut with a masterpiece, but Geary has done just that. Stunning." * Mail on Sunday * "Montpelier Parade is haunting - a portrayal of loneliness that is eerily beautiful and desperately moving" -- Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies
Karl Geary was born in Dublin, and moved to New York City at age sixteen. He has worked as a script writer (Coney Island Baby), and an actor (Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, and Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall), and has adapted and directed Dorothy Parker's 'You Were Perfectly Fine' for the screen. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and daughter.