December 31, 2010

Review: The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins



A poignant debut novel of an Irish gypsy boy's childhood in the 1950's by the author of the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. 
 
Ireland, 1959: Young Christy Hurley is a Pavee gypsy, traveling 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 peripatetic life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle down temporarily in a town where Christy and his cousin can attend mass and receive proper schooling. But they are still treated as outsiders. 

As Christy's exposure to a different life causes him to question who he is and where he belongs, the answer may lie with an old newspaper photograph and a long-buried family secret that could change his life forever...

The Outside Boy is a remarkable novel that will make you laugh and cry.  Christy is easy to relate to and you can't help but connect with him on a deep, meaningful level.  Jeanine's writing ability is phenomenal.  When you are looking for something to read that has substance, The Outside Boy is your best option.  Five stars!

Penguin Group (USA)
June 1, 2010
384 pages
$15.00 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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