The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne

I loved this book. It’s worth every page, every moment of your time. I had a hard time putting it down, and when I had to do other things instead of reading this book I wondered about the characters and what they were up to. It’s around 600 pages, but I read it just a few days because I couldn’t help but read it every chance I had.  THIF-USA

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is the story of Cyril Avery, from the moment of his conception through the final days of his life. Set mostly in Ireland during the ‘50s and ‘60s, Cyril is adopted by the Averys when he’s just three days old. His adoptive parents are distant and eccentric, his father often reminding him that he’s “not a real Avery.”

Cyril befriends Julian, the son of his father’s solicitor, and also falls in love with him at a young age. He grows up internalizing the struggle of his sexuality and the agony of being in love with his best friend. This story follows Cyril through his adolescence in Ireland, his relationships as an adult, and finally into the 1980s during the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. Each character is multifaceted and sympathetic, and as their lives intertwine their faults and triumphs make for an amazing story.

John Boyne has created real magic here.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is full of snarky banter, hilarity, and tragedy. It’s devastating and uplifting, smart and relevant. The characters are like good friends that I will remember fondly. I want to go back and start reading it all over again. I recommend it highly.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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