JOHN BOYNE is the author of 10 novels for adults, 5 for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS was an international bestseller, selling over 7 million copies worldwide and being made into a film, a play, a ballet and an opera. In his native Ireland, he has won three Irish Book Awards and been shortlisted on 10 separate occasions. He has also won or been shortlisted for a host of international literary awards, including a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award in the United States. A regular participant in internationl literary festivals, he has also been a member of the jury for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and, in 2015, chaired the jury for Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novels are published in over 50 languages.
Praise for The Heart's Invisible Furies:
Finalist for the 2018 LAMBDA Literary Awards
Finalist for the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
"By turns whimsical and heartbreaking, Boyne's sprawling novel treads Dickensian territory across seven decades of Irish history, ending with a redemption for both a country and a native son."
"Bleak, bittersweet, and Irish to the bone... explore[s] the relationship between Catholicism and patriarchy in midcentury Ireland and beyond."
- O, The Oprah Magazine
"A picaresque, lolloping odyssey for the individual characters and for the nation that confines them...The book blazes with anger as it commemorates lives wrecked by social contempt and self-loathing.... a substantial achievement."
- The Guardian
"With intricate narrative precision, The Heart's Invisible Furies cuts to the heart of what family is, how it is chosen, and how it endures. And it is charming and funny, even as it dives down from the precipice of endearing humor into the very specific ironies and cruelties of real life.... characters are cinematically rendered, with a deft, decadent wit that will make you laugh aloud at least once. Searing heartbreak; loneliness; a quest for internal and external redemption, solace, and contentment are all there in The Heart's Invisible Furies."
- The Millions
"This is nothing less than the story of Ireland over the past 70 years, expressed in the life of one man...highly entertaining and often very funny...Big and clever."
- The Times Sunday Review
"An epic full of verve, humour and heart... sure to be read by the bucketload... deeply cinematic [and] extremely funny."
- The Irish Times
"Boyne writes scenes that will make a reader laugh and cry-without saccharine sentiment or flippancy. Infused with heart and humor, as well as a keen sense of man's capacity for cruelty, The Heart's Invisible Furies pulsates with life's complexity and progress' slow march."
"A big, sweeping novel...Cyril's intelligent, witty voice takes us all the way through to the end of his life. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a brilliant, moving history of an Irishman, and of modern Ireland itself."
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The most inviting and completely spellbinding book this author has ever written...an outstandingly memorable achievement."
- Christian Science Monitor
"This in-depth look at the life of one adopted man in post-war Ireland will make you laugh, weep, and live-tweet at two in the morning."
- Brit + Co
"More than a coming-of-age story, The Heart's Invisible Furies is one man's journey from persecution to toleration....The novel... delights."
"Enchanting... Boyne explores Cyril's life in luscious detail... With evocative descriptions of each city and fateful plot turns that twist the narrative in surprising ways, Boyne adroitly captures Cyril's shifting identity as he grapples with nationality, class, and sexuality. The book becomes both an examination of Cyril's life and a catalogue of Western society's evolution from post-war to present day, with all its failings, triumphs, complexities, and certainties... The life of Cyril Avery is one to be relished."
- Publishers Weekly
"Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising, and always compelling... Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed."
- Booklist (starred review)
"With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne's opening scene encapsulates the Irish church's hypocrisy... Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel"
- Kirkus (starred review)
"Cyril's life story is extraordinary, tragic, and triumphant... Boyne dedicates his wise, beautiful 15th novel to John Irving. This tribute fits a story calling to mind the humane sagas of T.S. Garp, Owen Meaney, and the humble tale of Piggy Sneed. Readers will fall in love with Boyne's characters, especially Mrs. Goggin and Cyril's adoptive mother, Maude Avery, in this heartbreaking and hilarious story."
- Library Journal
"By turns savvy, witty, and achingly sad...This is a novelist at the top of his game."
- Mail on Sunday
"An epic novel.... The Heart's Invisible Furies proves that John is not just one of Ireland's best living novelists but also one of the best novelists of Ireland."
"Boyne creates lightness out of doom, humour out of desperately sad situations... a terrific read."
- Press Association