When Catherine Goggin became pregnant out of wedlock, her church shamed her and her parents disowned her. This was typical of Ireland in the 1940’s. With nowhere left to go, Catherine caught a train to Dublin and got started with her plan. That plan involved adopting out her son to a couple who could not have children of their own. Maude and Charles Avery, try as they might, proved to be odd and emotionally distant to their son Cyril. Though not loved in the traditional sense, he was well cared for. One day, Charles’s business associate brought his son Julian to Cyril’s house. Cyril was smitten by the boy. He did not see Julian again for several years, but always remembered his good looks and charm. During his teenage years, Cyril became increasingly aware of his attraction to other boys and began acting on his desires. Ireland would not be ready to embrace same sex couples for another few decades; thus, Cyril was forced to live a lie.
But, as this complex novel so painfully explores, the heart wants what the heart wants. Cyril spends a lifetime searching for love and acceptance, all the while navigating through loss and forgiveness. The Heart’s Invisible Furies follows his journey through time – birth through his golden years – and space – from Ireland to Amsterdam to New York City and back again – as Cyril tries to find his purpose, his home and his people. This tear-jerker is best suited for readers who enjoy epic, character-driven sagas.