Montpelier Parade (Paperback)Karl Geary (author)
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Book Awards First Novel Award
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
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 Parade is 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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
"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
"Luminous and moving. A story that asks who you can love and how, and a novel that gets to the heart of things; it certainly got to the heart of me." - Sunjeev Sahota
"A genuine talent." * Daily Mail
"A bittersweet love story... An unusually vivid novel, which presents life how it is, rather than how Hollywood script writers might like it to be." * Press Association
"Hypnotic and involving." * Sunday Express S Magazine
"I adored this unconventional love story. It's tender, with luminous language, and should catapult the author to literary fame." * Irish Examiner
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