Selected as a Book of the Year in 2017 in the Irish Times and The 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 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.
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."
"Luminous…brilliantly paced, full of tension and tenderness."
"Few novelists debut with a masterpiece, but Geary has done just that. Stunning."
"Montpelier Parade is haunting – a portrayal of loneliness that is eerily beautiful and desperately moving"