I am beyond stoked that Book of the Month recently announced that the book of the year for 2017 is The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne!! You guys don’t understand how excited I am about this! When I tell you this was my favorite book of 2017 I truly mean it! I actually mentioned this book in my 4th Quarter Book Round Up as being a favorite! I slept, ate, worked out, and breathed this book for about 2 weeks and I am so happy to know that I wasn’t the only person truly obsessed with it!
What I really enjoyed most about this book is that the author writes really really well and will leave you with so much food for thought with his wise words. This book was easily so unexpected and I was unable to put it down. What’s crazy is that the author was on the Nashville’s Book Festival panel last year! I was unable to go but I heard he was great.
The book is about the life of main character Cyril Avery from conception to old age. Cyril is a gay man born into super conservative early age Ireland. The book narrates through his life of learning himself, finding out the true power of love and in essence all the mistakes and mishaps of his life.
I think what I like most is the humor of the novel and the optimism of the main character. Cyril went through a lot growing up as a gay man from hiding who he was the majority of his young adult life, to finally accepting love only to watch his first love be killed by gangsters. Nevertheless, Cyril was able to take the good with the bad and learned from everything.
Other books by John Boyne include: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, A History of Loneliness: A Novel, and The Absolutist.
Please, please, please, if you haven’t read this book I truly encourage you to do so! You won’t be disappointed!