John Boyne’s epic novel – The Heart’s Invisible Furies – covers the life of a gay Irishman, Cyril Avery, in the latter half of the twentieth century from the time of his birth and adoption to his later decline and eventual death in the present day. With the skill of a craftsman, Boyne shifts his story from a 1940s homophobic Ireland dominated by the Catholic Church and staunchly conservative lawmakers, to a liberal Amsterdam of sex trafficking and liberation, to a New York City overwhelmed by the AIDS epidemic and then back again to a now-more-tolerant Ireland. Dickensian in scope, the story has all the trappings of a nineteenth century novel with its elaborate plot points, its twists and turns of fate and coincidence, and its ribald characterizations.
The book was originally scheduled to be discussed on December 8 but, due to its length, will instead be discussed at the January meeting. Please consider joining the SAGE Book Group in. All are welcome – no reservation is required.