The Heart's Invisible Furies

A Novel

by John Boyne

Selected one of New York Times Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017

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.


Recent Reviews

True Literature

Katharyn Levatino

4.5 Stars

This is not generally a genre I would reach for, but I am so glad I read this novel.  It could be labeled historical fiction and is set in the 20th century at a Church in Ireland.  John Boyne really delves into what Dublin was like…

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long but worth it.

Melissa Rice

4.5 Stars

I finished his book rather quickly seeing as how it's a thick book. in ways it reminded me of middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. It touches the important topic of homosexuality and while there are funny moments, there are also tear jerking…

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this book wiped the floor with me

Catherine Thompson

5 Stars

Yes this book is just that good . I started reading and it took me almost 4 days to finish it which is rare for me indeed . I loved it . My mother came to this country from Ireland and she would tell me stories of her life In Ireland . It…

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The Heart's Invisible Furies

Shannon Hearne

3 Stars

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne wasn’t really my cup of tea. I had no idea that this was a LGBT book, and I typically don’t read those. The writing was good, as was the storyline. I believe that someone…

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