Working on the garden with his father, 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, he longs to know Vera. But what is it that Vera isn't telling him?
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
About the AuthorKarl 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.