The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Publisher: Anchor Canada
From the beloved New YorTimes 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.

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"Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore."

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PRAISE FOR

An Amazon Best Book
A New Statesman Book of the Year
A Kobo Best Book of 2017
Chicago Review of Books Best Book of 2017
Nominated for the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award


"By turns whimsical and heartbreaking, Boyne's sprawling novel treads Dickensian territory across seven decades of Irish history, ending with a redemption for both a country and a native son." —People

"Boyne's fictional portrait of postwar Ireland and its people is nightmarish but utterly compelling. . . .  The appalling comedy of Cyril's childhood and youth, the vigour, the mess, the stir and life and horror of it all form the heart of a substantial achievement." —The Guardian (UK)

"Tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking—I loved it." —Vogue

"With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne's opening scene encapsulates the Irish church's hypocrisy. . . . Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel." —Kirkus, starred review

"Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising, and always compelling. . . . Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed." —Booklist, starred review

"With intricate narrative precision, The Heart's Invisible Furies cuts to the heart of what family is, how it is chosen and how it endures. And it is charming and funny, even as it dives down from the precipice of endearing humor into the very specific ironies and cruelties of real life. . . . Characters are cinematically rendered, with a deft, decadent wit that will make you laugh aloud at least once. Searing heartbreak; loneliness; a quest for internal and external redemption, solace and contentment are all there in The Heart's Invisible Furies." —The Millions

"Bleak, bittersweet and Irish to the bone. [The Heart's Invisible Furies] explore[s] the relationship between Catholicism and patriarchy in midcentury Ireland and beyond."
O, The Oprah Magazine


"[The Heart's Invisible Furies] is a beautifully written epic and will make you laugh and cry in equal measure." —New Statesman

"An epic full of verve, humour and heart. . . . sure to be read by the bucketload. . . . Deeply cinematic [and] extremely funny." —The Irish Times

"Boyne writes scenes that will make a reader laugh and cry—without saccharine sentiment or flippancy. Infused with heart and humor, as well as a keen sense of man's capacity for cruelty, The Heart's Invisible Furies pulsates with life's complexity and progress' slow march." —Paste 

"By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad. . . . This is a novelist at the top of his game." —Mail on Sunday

"This is nothing less than the story of Ireland over the past 70 years, expressed in the life of one man. . . . Highly entertaining and often very funny. . . . Big and clever." —The Sunday Times (UK)

"Cyril's life story is extraordinary, tragic and triumphant. . . . Boyne dedicates his wise, beautiful 15th novel to John Irving. This tribute fits a story calling to mind the humane sagas of T.S. Garp, Owen Meaney and the humble tale of Piggy Sneed. Readers will fall in love with Boyne's characters, especially Mrs. Goggin and Cyril's adoptive mother, Maude Avery, in this heartbreaking and hilarious story." —Library Journal

"With evocative descriptions of each city and fateful plot turns that twist the narrative in surprising ways, Boyne adroitly captures Cyril's shifting identity as he grapples with nationality, class and sexuality. The book becomes both an examination of Cyril's life and a catalogue of Western society's evolution from post-war to present day, with all its failings, triumphs, complexities and certainties." —Publishers Weekly

"An epic novel . . . The Heart's Invisible Furies proves that John is not just one of Ireland's best living novelists but also one of the best novelists of Ireland." —Express

"John Boyne is an exuberant storyteller, and narrator Cyril is an engaging and often very funny companion in this saga of a gay man’s experiences throughout several decades of life, both in Ireland and elsewhere." —Irish Independent

"Cinematic and commercial, The Heart's Invisible Furies makes for entertaining reading. . . . [Boyne] certainly knows how to ramp up tension and manipulate readers' emotions. . . . But perhaps the most sincere and powerful emotion in the book—and what elicits the book's truest reward—is rage. . . . Boyne shows just how far Ireland has come and proves that even the most unlikely change or forward movement is never impossible." —San Francisco Chronicle

Praise for John Boyne:

 • "Boyne is a master storyteller. When I arrived at the last page, I knew I had just read an instant classic." Toronto Star on A History of Loneliness
 • "Deftly complex. . . . Boyne gets its right." USA Today on A History of Loneliness
 • "Deeply affecting. . . . Beautiful and sparsely written." The Wall Street Journal on The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
 • "A small wonder of a book." The Guardian (UK) on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas