Karl Geary, author of Montpelier Parade
Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, Shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Award
Karl Geary was born in Dublin, and moved to New York City at age sixteen. He cofounded two East Village institutions: the music venue Sin-é, and later the Scratcher. He has worked as a scriptwriter (Coney Island Baby) and an actor (Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet; Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall), and has adapted and directed Dorothy Parker’s story “You Were Perfectly Fine” for the screen. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and daughter.
Min Jin Lee’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for The Times (London), NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. She lives in New York with her family.
"Few novelists debut with a masterpiece, but Geary has done just that. Stunning." --Daily Mail
“A groundbreaking debut. Montpelier Parade is a taut, riveting, beautifully sparse coming of age tale from a fearless new talent.” --Téa Obreht, National Book Award Finalist & New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife
Montpelier Parade is just across town, but to Sonny it might as well be a different world. Working with his father in the garden of one of its handsome homes one Saturday, he sees a back door easing open and a beautiful woman coming down the path toward him. This is Vera, the sort of person who seems destined to remain forever out of his reach. Unfolding over a bright, rain-soaked Dublin spring, Montpelier Parade is a rich, devastating novel about desire, grief, ambition, art, and the choices we must make alone.
Read about Karl's book, Montpelier Parade
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"A powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. Pachinko confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists.”
“Stunning….A compassionate, clear gaze at the chaotic landscape of life itself.” --New York Times Book Review
History is seldom kind. In Min Jin Lee’s bestselling, magisterial epic, four generations of a poor, proud immigrant family fight to control their destinies, exiled from a homeland they never knew. Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From the bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters—strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis—survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
Read about Min Jin Lee's book, Pachinko
Read 702WI's Interview with Min Jin Lee