Juno Loves Legs

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5.86 X 8.51 X 1.16 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author
KARL GEARY was born in Dublin and moved to New York's East Village at the age of sixteen. His debut novel, Montpelier Parade, was short-listed for numerous awards, including the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Costa First Novel Award, and France's prestigious Prix Femina, and was named an Irish Times Book of the Year. He lives in Glasgow.
"Geary finds beauty in the most unlikely places, and in an often brutal story, with more than its fair share of small tragedies, he offers balm along the way; a reminder that humanity is everywhere, if we take the time to look, and a clear demonstration that family is less about genetics and more about love." --Joanna Cannon, The Guardian

"Karl Geary's sophomore novel flirts with and then darkly subverts the marriage plot, killing off the nuclear family in an attempt to remake it, with a difference." --Annabel Barry, Chicago Review of Books

"Juno Loves Legs is a gorgeous, devastating ode to the sustaining power of friendship, as well as exquisitely atmospheric portrait of a city. A great Dublin novel. A great novel, period." --Dan Sheehan, Literary Hub, A Most Anticipated Book of the Year

"If you are in the mood for a novel that will rip your heart out and slap you repeatedly in the face with it, have I got a recommendation for you . . . [A] beautiful tale of survival and how friendship can be a salvation." --Liberty Hardy, Book Riot

"Tenderhearted." --Michelle Hart, Electric Literature

"Juno Loves Legs is tender and heartbreaking. Young friendship takes on all the world's challenges--love, art, family, the simple and overwhelming task of survival--with tragic, poignant results. Readers will find Juno's bravado and Legs's persistent sweetness unforgettable." --Shelf Awareness

"Juno's combination of vulnerability and hard edges lends her a tender toughness that makes it impossible to turn away. Geary's writing is wonderfully revealing and beautiful, particularly when describing characters' clothing, which is often used to show or hide their emotions. Altogether achingly memorable." --Booklist (starred review)

"Heartbreaking . . . Geary often finds poetry in Juno's plainspoken narration, whether in lucid reflections on the brutality at the school or in Juno's openhearted wonder at Dublin . . . The blistering dialogue, too, captures the characters' hard-won wisdom . . . This is one to savor." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Geary uses gorgeous prose, full of Irish lilt and hard-edged slang, to describe bleak childhoods as harsh as any found in a Dickens novel . . . Poignant . . . Evocative." --Kirkus Reviews

"An unforgettable portrait of two young misfits bound together by hard Dublin childhoods. It's an ode to love, to the salvation of friendship, and to the families we build when our own families fail us. Filled with loss and longing, it is by turns brutal and tender, and in the end, utterly devastating. The characters are so real, so desperate to be loved, that the reader will want to reach through the pages and hold them. The effect is extraordinary. Juno Loves Legs broke my heart. I never wanted it to end." --Douglas Stuart, author of Young Mungo and Shuggie Bain

"The characters are three-dimensional and sympathetic as they struggle to overcome the cruel circumstances of their lives . . . Atmospheric." --Library Journal

"An original and exquisitely tender story of two misfits who find love in an often callous and indifferent world, Juno Loves Legs will haunt you long after you have read it. In gorgeous, effortless prose, Karl Geary bears witness to those who, like his protagonists, are invisible and voiceless. By boldly confronting the darkness, this novel finds the light." --Gabriel Byrne, author of Walking with Ghosts

"A tender, wrenching portrait of two young outsiders searching for sanctuary in the bruised hearts of one another. Geary's exquisitely rendered Dublin is at times a bleak place, but that darkness is defiantly illuminated by the humor and humanity of his unforgettable protagonist. You will ache for Juno." --Dan Sheehan, author of Restless Souls

"Karl Geary writes devastatingly beautiful novels. Juno and Legs will break your heart in the very best way and leave you laughing in spite of yourself. It's a perfectly drawn portrait of lives lived boldly on the edge of disaster. A backstreet epic. I literally couldn't put it down." --Jan Carson, author of The Raptures