2017 New fiction: Karl Geary on his debut Montpelier Parade

The debut novel from Karl Geary introduces us to Sonny and Vera, a young man and an older woman who meet and forge an unconventional relationship in the Dublin of the early 1980s 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.

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