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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.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A deeply affecting debut about limitations and longing, lust and devotion between a working class boy and an enigmatic older woman.Dubliner Sonny first meets Vera while he’s helping his labourer dad work at her well-to-do Montpelier Parade house. He’s a directionless working class boy who thieves, fights and doesn’t fit in. His dad is a gambler and his mum works hard to keep their family afloat. Vera is beautiful, richer, older and English, and has no family, as far as Sonny is aware. A second chance encounter further arouses his fascination, and then she turns up at the butcher’s he works in and offers him odd job work. When Vera collapses, Sonny is the only one there to come to her rescue, while she, in turn, opens his eyes and heart to a hitherto hidden world of literature and art. Until meeting Vera, he “never had a book”, since “books were not meant for boys who cut meat”. Their relationship is evoked with sharp intensity, and a cutting awareness that this is transitory for them both. “I think years from now you’ll understand this and hate me for it”, Vera remarks as they lie in bed. The uncommon use of a second person narrative has a mesmerising and intensifying effect. Throughout we listen in on Sonny addressing himself; lonely, drifting, struggling, with an especially moving epiphany coming when he feels “sudden emotion” for his mother and plans to buy her “something nice”. This is a tender, tense coming-of-age story, with a masterfully executed denouement. ~ Joanne Owen The Costa Judges say: ‘A beautifully-written story about the pain and wonder of love found in unexpected places.’
Je hoffnungsloser die Liebe, desto tiefer. Dublin im Vorfrhling: Sonny ist ein Teenager aus einfachsten Verhltnissen, es fehlt in seiner Familie an Geld, Glck und einem Minimum an Liebe. Neben der Schule jobbt er bei einem Metzger, was bleibt einem wie ihm sonst auch brig? Auerdem hilft er dem Vater, der sein Geld mit Handwerksarbeiten in Husern reicher Leute verdient (und gleich wieder verspielt). Bei einem dieser Jobs lernt Sonny Vera Hatton kennen, eine sprde, irgendwie verletzt wirkende Englnderin mittleren Alters, die ganz allein in der prchtigen Villa an der Montpelier Parade wohnt. Auf den ersten Blick schon ist er fasziniert von ihr. Vera besitzt Unmengen an Bchern, und so freundlich sie zu ihm ist, die Kluft zwischen ihren Welten scheint unberwindbar. So steht Sonny abends manchmal heimlich in ihrem Garten. Schaut ihr durchs Fenster zu. Und wird - als Zeuge eines Selbstmordversuchs - ihr Lebensretter. Zu Hause und in der Schule trmen sich derweil die Probleme, und eines Tages klingelt Sonny betrunken und schmutzig an Veras Haustr. Sie lsst ihm ein Bad ein, bereitet ein Bett auf der Couch, aber am Ende liegt er in ihrem. Eine ganz und gar verbotene Beziehung nimmt ihren Lauf. Vera sagt, es kann nicht gut enden. Und irgendwann erzhlt sie Sonny eine erschtternde Geschichte
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
Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary, read by Karl Geary. '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 RunawaysThe 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.