Named Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year, 2017
Selected one of New York Times Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017
Winner of the 2018 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.
In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Best known for the historical tearjerker The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Irish novelist John Boyne brings levity to this coming-of-age epic about shame and identity in post–World War II Ireland. Born to an unwed mother whose Catholic clan cast her out, and then adopted by emotionally absent parents, Cyril Avery grows up with a nagging sense of otherness. His alienation is amplified when he realizes he’s gay—in a time and place when homosexuality was a criminal offense. Boyne’s arch humor and sweeping storytelling offset the fleeting moments of oppressive darkness, making for a novel that’s impossible to put down.
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For a slice of life book, I greatly enjoyed it for its unique perspective on life. I find the characters very relatable and its not a fluffy read. Would recomend to anyone who loves a good story that doesnt sugar coat the facts of life
A wonderful story. Many interesting characters. Very thought provoking regarding some of the current world issues.
A fabulous read!
At times this book was bizarre. But the poignant moments and the heartfelt ending show the true circle of life with a wonderful sense of humor and irony. I will miss the companionship of the quirky characters.