The Outside Boy

The Outside Boy

eBook - 2010
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A poignant, coming of age novel about an Irish gypsy boy's childhood in the 1950's from the national bestselling author of A Rip in Heaven and American Dirt . Ireland, 1959 : Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother's death in childbirth. The wandering life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle briefly, in a town, where Christy and his cousin can receive proper schooling and prepare for their first communions. But still, always, they are treated as outsiders. As Christy struggles to find his way amid the more conventional lives of his new classmates, he starts to question who he is and where he belongs. But then the discovery of an old newspaper photograph, and a long-buried secret from his mother's mysterious past, changes his life forever....
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9781101429679
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Nov 13, 2020

This is the first book that I read about travelling people. Very interesting and the author managed to provide some insights into their life and how it’s organized. I love reading books that open a new aspect of a different culture or people who are different from me. This would be one of those. One star off because the novel becomes somewhat cheesy towards the end.

Jul 03, 2017

Told in the first person from the boy's point of view. The story of a young motherless gypsy boy and his larger family. I found the novel to be too ponderous a read. I like something that moves a little faster.

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