The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

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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 three score years and ten, 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: London :, Doubleday,, 2017.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 591 pages ;,25 cm.


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Aug 15, 2017

A great read. This story is about Cyril Avery (but not a real Avery) A boy born in the 1940s & adopted out. It's his journey in life & an Ireland that is ruled by the church & some unforgiving laws & superstitions.
Well written with compassion & humor, a story that you think about even when you're not reading it. John Boyne is now on my list to read his other books.

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