The Heart's Invisible Furies
Why this book?
After a long fiction reading drought, I picked up this novel and could not put it down. There is so much depressing literary fiction saturating the market, that I had nearly given up on the genre until I read The Heart’s Invisible Furies. We follow Ireland’s evolution from a theocracy to the first nation to approve marriage equality via popular vote through the eyes of gay Dubliner Cyril Avery. Once I read this opening line, I was hooked: “Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.”