The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
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Despite these missteps, the book never really flags, and Cyril’s intelligent, witty voice takes us all the way through to the end of his life.
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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 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.
 

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JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of six novels for adults. His first novel for children, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award, and has been made into a film. His novels are published in over 30 languages. He lives in Dublin. OLIVER JEFFERS is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star (HarperCollins) was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John Boyne), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. His books have been translated into 19 languages.


























Author Residence: Dublin OLIVER JEFFERS is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star (HarperCollins) was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John Boyne), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. His books have been translated into 19 languages. To learn more about him and his work, please visit OliverJeffers.com.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Hogarth. 594 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 06 2017

His later years in Ireland seem to bring the promise of reconciliation on several fronts, but there is still penance and pain until the book’s last word. A dark novel marred by occasional melodrama but lightened by often hilarious dialogue.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on Aug 25 2017

Despite these missteps, the book never really flags, and Cyril’s intelligent, witty voice takes us all the way through to the end of his life.

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Reviewed by Bert Archer on Sep 01 2017

These are not cheap skills, and if you hate the Catholic Church, or at least its Irish incarnation, with the white heat Boyne does, you may also enjoy the relentless ferocity with which he treats it and all those in thrall to it.

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