Eleven Historical Novels for Fans of THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES

Critics and readers are loving John Boyd’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies. With comparisons to Charles Dickens and John Irving, this sweeping novel follows Cyril Avery from his illegitimate 1945 Irish birth through the next incredible 70 years. A gay man at odds with the treatment of homosexuals in Ireland, he nevertheless finds ways to let love into his life. Recommend these other captivating reads—each with its own blend of history, culture, humor, and sadness. (Like a great Irish whiskey, each title has its own unique ratio of each.)

1949, by Morgan Llywelyn

The Book of Salt, by Monique T.D. Truong

 Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry

 In the Beauty of the Lilies, by John Updike

The Light of Amsterdam, by David Park

 Lucky Us, by Amy Bloom

 Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin

Secrets to the Lighthouse, by Santa Montefiore

Three Junes, by Julia Glass

The Untouchable, by John Banville

The Walk Home, by Rachel Seiffert


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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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  1. el.evans@spl.org' el says:

    Incorrect spelling of the author’s name: Boyne not Boyd.

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