A New York Times Bestselling Author
Winner of the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award
A Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year
A New York Times Readers' Favorite Book
Finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Awards
Finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
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.