Cyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.
In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good."
Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and grows nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store looking for the boy's mother.
But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church, and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family.
A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.
Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
From the Hardcover edition.
It is 1936, and London is abuzz with gossip about the affair between Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson. But the king is not the only member of the aristocracy with a hard decision to make. Owen Montignac, the handsome and charismatic scion of a wealthy family, is anxiously awaiting the reading of his late uncle's will, for Owen has run up huge gambling debts and casino boss Nicholas Delfy has given him a choice: Find 50,000 pounds by Christmas or find yourself six feet under. So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of the will in favor of his cousin Stella, he finds that even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit, and for murder.
Next of Kin vividly captures the spirit of 1930s London, revealing the secrets of the upperclass, complete with gambling, murder, an art heist, and a conspiracy to unseat the new king that could change the future of the country.
Esta es la historia de Barnaby, un niño especial que pertenece a una familia demasiado normal; más aún, tremendamente normal, aburridamente normal. Para los Brocket todo cambia el día en que nace Barnaby. Su madre se da cuenta de que algo va mal cuando empieza a notar los dolores del parto... Pero lo peor está por llegar: ¡su bebé sale disparado y se queda flotando en el techo de la habitación!
El diagnóstico es concluyente: Barnaby no obedece a las leyes de la gravedad, su estado natural es flotar. Su padres, desesperados, no saben qué hacer con él; de nada sirven las súplicas del niño, que asegura que quiere quedarse en el suelo pero no puede. Al final solo queda una solución: dejar que se vaya volando...
Y al cabo de un minuto habíaascendido tanto que
su voz se perdió en el cielo. Su madre, su perro
y la maravillosa ciudad de Sidney desaparecieron
bajo sus pies, y, al no tener colchón que le
impidiera seguir flotando, Barnaby Brocket subió y
subió, sin saber qué le sucedería a continuación.
La crítica ha dicho...
«El sentido del humor y la delicadeza con la que Boyne transmite su mensaje hace que esta historia sea inolvidable y encantadora.»
«Deliciosamente extravagante. Con un maravilloso reparto de personajes, esta novela es una celebración a la diferencia.»
It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris after witnessing the murder of his mother and his stepfather's execution. Matthieu's life is characterized by one extraordinary fact: before the eighteenth century ends, he discovers that his body has stopped ageing. At the end of the twentieth century and the ripe old age of 256 he is suddenly forced to answer an uncomfortable question: what is the worth of immortality without love?
In this carefully crafted novel, The Thief of Time, John Boyne juxtaposes history and the buzz of the modern world, weaving together portraits of 1920s Hollywood, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the French Revolution, the Wall Street Crash, and other landmark events into one man's story of murder, love, and redemption.
Chief Inspector Walter Dew of Scotland Yard did not expect the house to be empty. Nor did he expect to find a body in the cellar. Buried under the flagstones are the remains of Cora Crippen, former music-hall singer and wife of Dr. Hawley Crippen. No one would have thought the quiet, unassuming Dr. Crippen capable of murder, yet the doctor and his mistress have disappeared from London, and now a full-scale hunt for them has begun.
Across the Channel in Antwerp, the S.S. Montrose has just set off on its two-week voyage to North America. Slipping in among the first-class passengers is a Mr. John Robinson, accompanied by his teenage son, Edmund. The pair may be hoping for a quiet, private voyage, but in the close confines of a luxury ocean liner, anonymity is rare. And with others aboard looking for romance, or violence, or escape from their past in Europe, it will take more than just luck for the Robinsons to survive the voyage unnoticed.
An accomplished, intricately plotted novel, John Boyne's Crippen brilliantly reimagines the amazing escape attempt of one of history's most notorious killers and marks the outstanding American debut of one of Ireland's best young novelists.
This title has Common Core connections.
This whimsical novel will delight middle graders, and make readers of all ages question the meaning of normal.
El 28 de julio de 1941 Alfie Summerfield cumplía cinco años.
Ese mismo día estallaba la Primera Guerra Mundial.
Han pasado cuatro años, y Alfie conoce todos los sinsabores de esta guerra interminable: vecinos que desaparecen, la tristeza y el cansancio reflejados en el rostro de su madre, los periódicos dando cuenta diaria de los fallecidos en la contienda...; pero, sobre todo, la angustia, la terrible angustia por no tener noticias de su padre. Al principio, llegaban animadas cartas desde el frente que, con el tiempo, fueron volviéndose inquietantemente sombrías y torturadas. Desde hace un año y medio, ni una sola línea.
Por eso el día que Alfie descubra de una forma absolutamente casual dónde está su padre, decidirá ir a buscarlo, cueste lo que cueste...