John Boyne, author of The Boy in Striped Pajamas, has written a heart-warming, humorous story. The main character is Cyril Avery, born in 1945 to a sixteen year old unwed mother. He is adopted by Charles and Maude Avery who lack the parenting gene and continually remind Cyril that he is not a true Avery. Growing up gay in Catholic Ireland was difficult, and poor Cyril’s life was a sham until he was able to leave his repressive homeland. Boyne continues to follow Cyril, his fortunes and misfortunes, his travels and his relationships, until he turns seventy.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies is funny, sad and poignant, and Cyril Avery is an individual one will not soon forget.