Historical Fiction

The Heart's Invisible Furies

by John Boyne

Quick take

As the book moves from 1945 to 2015, we follow sweet, well-intentioned Cyril as he embarks on a series of humorous and heartfelt adventuresÂ

Why I love it

Laugh, cheer, and weep as John Boyne takes you on an unforgettable journey through the Dickensian life of one of the greatest new protagonists in literature! It has been a long time since I have loved a character as much as I love Cyril Avery.

Given up as a baby by an unwed teen mother in post-war Ireland, Cyril is adopted by the Averys, whose treatment of Cyril is more of a business arrangement t...


From the beloved 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 r...

Member thoughts

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  • Nancy L.

    Mequon, WI

    "It's a good story"

  • Maria H.

    Jersey City, NJ

    "Love, love, love this book! Very emotionally moved by this heartbreaking and beautiful story with some very human characters who lived the best they could and failed in many places. Very recommended!"

  • Paula K.

    Roundup, MT

    "I can not tell you enough how much I loved this book. "

  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "A perfectly titled, profoundly accurate portrayal of the warming, aching, breaking and all other “ings” of the heart. Superb prose and captivating story; one of the best books I’ve ever read. "

  • Melissa H.

    Collingswood, NJ

    "Amazing story with great character development. Made me laugh and cry and never want it to end. "

  • Damien R.

    Arvada, CO

    "Most novels need to pick a path and stick with it, but Boyne really mixes humor and drama well here. Cyril Avery is such a great protagonist and I will be recommending this one for some time to come."

  • Candace t.

    damascus, OR

    "Wonderful book, just wonderful. I'll be recommending it to everyone I know."

  • Adele L.

    Carlsbad, CA

    "BEST book I've read in a long time... Entertaining, poignant, powerful. "

  • Ray A.

    Southbury, CT

    "This could very well be my favorite book that I've ever read. Such an emotional, enjoyable, sensitive and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny book. An absolute must-read!"

  • Mindy D.

    Seattle, WA

    "I absolutely loved this book. Cyril Avery will forever be etched in my heart. So well written. Funny, heartwarming, maddening, witty and heartbreaking. So good!"

  • Mackenzie U.

    Beale AFB, CA

    "I absolutely adored this book. I laughed out loud, actual tears fell down my face. I’m already tempted to read it again."