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The Outside Boy
The Outside Boy: A Novel | Jeanine Cummins
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Read Jeanine Cummins's posts on the Penguin Blog.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... Watch a Video
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MelKelsey
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A well-written, disappointing novel, set in the 1950s, featuring an Irish boy Traveller (similar to a gypsy) who's lived without his mom his whole life and is coming-of-age, trying to find his path. It wasn't a compelling read, especially in the middle.

3.5 stars

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Samara_Kipnis
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This is one of the best books I‘ve read in a very long time. The writing is excellent, not only in its form but also in what in conveys about the world and the human experience. The story is engaging and romantic and will stay with me for a very long time.