The house is on Montpelier Parade: just across town, but it might as well be in a different world. Then the back door eases open and she comes down the path towards him. Vera. Chance encounters become shy arrangements, and soon Sonny is in love for the first time. Casting off his lonely life 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.
Praise from the Desmond Elliott Prize
“This is a novel which, aptly, charts emotional and tangible distance; a look back also to an earlier time of Irish hardship and a nod across to literary contemporaries. With them all, the marginalised come centre stage, spotlit by flickerings of a better life, heckled by violent outburst. But Karl Geary is very much his own dramatist – or, rather, cinematographer – for there is a tinge of an art-house movie to his vision of 1980s Ireland.”
About the Author
Karl Geary was born in Dublin, and moved to New York City at age 16 where he co-founded music venue Sin-e and later the Scratcher in New York City’s East Village. 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.