A Model Partner
A Model Partner
"Seery is a fresh, funny, original Irish voice who, if there were any justice in the world, would be bothering the best seller lists now and for years to come."
––Róisín Ingle, The Irish Times
"Really, deliciously weird. Seery writes a novel that feels so delightfully readable, we're privileged to be a part of Tom's world."
"The Dublin setting, great dialogue and wonderful wit made this a memorable package. There are similarities to The Rosie Project by Graham Simsion, with echoes of earlier Roddy Doyle books. The book contained some of the best characters written in modern fiction."
"Funny, touching debut novel about loneliness. It’s not easy seamlessly to mix comedy and tragedy, but Seery does a good job, and the result is an original and very promising novel."
––Anna Carey, The Irish Times
"Seery’s novel is full of wit and warmth – an intelligent, funny, often hilarious, and sometimes surreal journey with a character unlike any I’ve met before; the brave and vulnerable Tom on his unique and unstoppable search for the solution to his loneliness."
––Niamh Boyce, author of The Herbalist
Tom Stacey has moved into his neighbour’s bedsit. He wasn't asked. It was just that the door was open and his neighbours have gone on holiday. And it is so much bigger than his own bedsit. Plus, he has a lot to think about these days. The bees for one. He hasn't seen any but he keeps hearing them, buzzing in the fridge at work, in the overhead lights, in the test equipment in the factory where he has spent the last fifteen years of his working life. They seem to be getting louder and more insistent, and they are beginning to affect the way he goes about his business.
Then there is his search for Sarah McCarthy to worry about. Sarah was his first love when, as a teenager, he travelled around the country in the back of a horsebox with his grieving grandfather. But perhaps it is not the bees or the past which is the problem. Perhaps it is his ongoing loneliness. Twenty-two dates with Happy Couples dating agency and nothing to show - bar a dent in his bank balance and several complaints about ‘eccentric behavior’. Relationships are all about the details and there are just not enough boxes to tick in the Agency’s personal profile form.
Armed with a wax model and a list of criteria, Tom sets out on a quest to create a personal profile to find his ideal match. On his journey, he meets people just like him, warm but unable to show it, lonely and unable to remedy it, the lost, the misplaced and the damaged.
Daniel Seery is a writer from Dublin. His work has appeared in local and national publications including The Stinging Fly and REA Journal and he has worked on a number of public arts commissions. In 2012 he was the resident writer in the Axis Centre, Ballymun. He has also been shortlisted for an RTÉ drama competition, has recently been one of the winners of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair and he has written and directed a play, The One We Left Behind, which ran in the Irish Writers’ Centre in May 2012 and in the Helix in August 2012. A Model Partner is his first novel.
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