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Montpelier Parade

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"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, author of The Year of the Runaways). The 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 25mm | 379g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911215450
  • 9781911215455
  • 38,615

About Karl Geary

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.show more

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"Pitch-perfect...an auspicious debut." Guardian "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 "The precision in his prose bellies his training as a scriptwriter; the plot unfolds with self-assured ease, and the dialogue lives on the page... He trusts his reader, and the novel has compulsive power because of it. An astonishing debut." -- Calen O'Hanlon Skinny "A groundbreaking debut. Montpelier Parade is a taut, riveting, beautifully sparse coming of age tale from a fearless new talent" -- Tea Obreht, National Book Award Finalist & New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife "I hope that someone will give me an advance copy... I've heard it's lyrical, brave and inventive - everything I look for in a novel." -- Maggie O'Farrell Observer, Book of the Year "Intensely powerful." Sunday Mirror "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 "Karl's depiction of his home-town is so visceral you can almost feel the dreich air seeping into your bones as you read... Karl's acute observations perfectly capture the essence of boyhood bewilderment and bravado. This is an unusually vivid novel that presents life how it is." -- Kate Whiting UK Press Syndication "A tender, real tale of love...a captivating debut from the Dublin-born author... A luminous, moving story that is full of heart." Image "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 Examinershow more

Review Text

"Luminousâ¦brilliantly paced, full of tension and tenderness."show more

Back cover copy

'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, author of The Year of the Runaways The 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 isnât 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.show more

Rating details

80 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 30% (24)
4 40% (32)
3 15% (12)
2 8% (6)
1 8% (6)
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