The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

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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 glamorous 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.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780385690614
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Spanning several decades, this novel tells the intriguing story of Cyril Avery, who embarks on a journey to discover his identity after learning that he is adopted. With rich descriptions, vibrant dialogue and strong characters, Boyne not only explores Ireland’s history from the 1940s to the pres... Read More »

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Oct 12, 2020

A real gem of a novel. Brilliantly conceived and written. And a cast of unforgettable characters to boot. Cyril Avery (not a real Avery) stands shoulder to shoulder with David Copperfield. This novel gets my highest rating. I loved it.!

Jun 16, 2020

This book was easily one of the best books I've read this year.... The humor in the book is remarkable. You can't help but to root for Cyril the whole way through the novel!

Feb 24, 2020

My life is now divided into my life before I read this book and my life after. It truly touched me. I will not be the same.

Jan 12, 2020

Author of A Ladder To The Sky (the guy who stole stories). Nearly 600 pages but glowing reviews.

Jan 03, 2020

This is the first book that has ever made me cry, and was easily my favourite read of 2019. I was recommended The Heart’s Invisible Furies by a trusted friend and was utterly destroyed and delighted by it.

Cyril Avery’s life is set against the backdrop of Ireland’s history from the postwar period to the present day, and focuses on the struggle of growing up LGBT in the slowly-evolving social climate. Boyne tells the story by one man, but by extension explores the painful fight for equality that he lives through.

The characters absolutely shine in this book, each of them so well-drawn with quirks, flaws, loves and sorrows. Dry, silly humour perfectly offsets the sorrows and horrors faced by Cyril through the unfolding of this saga and makes the ride that much more worthwhile.

I can’t recommend this one enough. Moving and unputdownable, The Heart’s Invisible Furies will stay with me for a long time to come.

Dec 29, 2019

good, well written story about a young boy who is gay, interwoven with the story of a young mother who leaves home and goes to dublin because she is unmarried and pregnant. The stories interweave.

JCLEricaV Dec 05, 2019

Wow! This is the kind of book that is exactly why I love realistic fiction, especially coming of age stories. It follows Cyril from age seven to his 70s. I want to tell everyone about this book. I laughed, I cried, and I felt angry for Cyril. This is an unforgettable book with an unfortunately bland cover.

Sep 28, 2019

Another great read from John Boyne. Cyril Avery was a complicated character but so interesting. You really want him to find happiness. Definitely worth reading.

Jul 30, 2019

kate baer

Jul 01, 2019

Just. Read. This. Book.!! I didn’t want this book to end. It grabbed me from the first page to the last. Sad at times and laugh out loud at others, the characters in this book will have you on a roller coaster of emotions. Such a great read!

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