The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Fr 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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The Heart’s Invisible Furies

thifCyril 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.


Shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award

Winner: The Glass Bell Award (UK), Best Novel 2017

Longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award


UK: Doubleday

USA: Hogarth Press

Brazil: Companhia das Letras

Canada: Doubleday Canada

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France: JC Lattès

Germany: Piper

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Romania: RAO

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Taiwan: Kate Publishing

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