The Heart's Invisible Furies (Hardcover)

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The number seven can provide structure: the days of a week, the colors of the rainbow, a musical scale.  There are the seven chakras of Hinduism, and seven requests in the Lord’s Prayer. For ancient Egyptians it symbolizes eternal life, a complete cycle, a dynamic perfection. And of course, seven is a lucky number.

Lucky for us, John Boyne, in seven-year cycles, achieves dynamic perfection in his brilliantly immersive novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Cyril Avery is born in 1945, in Dublin, after his mother has been dragged from her village church, instructed never to return. When we pick Cyril up seven years later, he has been adopted by Maude, a cynical novelist, and Charles, an elusive charmer and sometimes-jailbird because of his shady business dealings. Cyril adapts to a lonely life in boarding school. Seven years later, now 14, he is living with secret longings because of his sexuality. Life passes as it does, and Boyne checks in on Cyril every seven years, at 21, 28, 35 and so on.

In 1987, living his best life in New York City with his doctor partner, tragedy strikes. He moves back to Dublin and one wonders how he can get up in the morning. But get up he does for many more years.    

Because of the epic scope of this novel, the eccentricity of the wide cast of characters, the humor and heartbreak, the 550 pages read effortlessly, like blood flowing through your veins. Boyne dedicates this novel--his fifteenth book--to John Irving.  And John Irving should be very, very proud. 

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Named Book of the MonthClub's Book of the Year, 2017
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.

About the Author

JOHN BOYNE is the author of 10 novels for adults, 5 for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS was an international bestseller, selling over 7 million copies worldwide and being made into a film, a play, a ballet and an opera. In his native Ireland, he has won three Irish Book Awards and been shortlisted on 10 separate occasions. He has also won or been shortlisted for a host of international literary awards, including a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award in the United States. A regular participant in internationl literary festivals, he has also been a member of the jury for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and, in 2015, chaired the jury for Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novels are published in over 50 languages.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781524760786
ISBN-10: 1524760781
Publisher: Hogarth Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 592
Language: English