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Now Jo, still a teenager, has a baby herself, and it's Davey's turn to take care of someone. Someday soon, he knows, he'll find his own somebody who'll love him, and he'll have his own babies and he'll love them like nobody ever loved babies before.
Gritty, gripping, unflinchingly honest, Gypsy Davey is the extraordinary story of a boy's ultimate triumph as he comes of age.
Twelve-year-old Davey is the man of the household, taking care of his mother and older sister as best he can and avoiding them when they're either too mean or too sad.
Things like that I’m really good with babies even though I’m only twelve and I can think of no reason why I should be after all good with babies since I don’t have any of my own but I sure would like to. Better than my sister is with her own baby that’s for sure though I don’t actually mean to be mean because she’s nice to me some of the time and it’s hard for her and I fully understand that. She’s only seventeen herself but her old man she calls him is thirty which is why there’s always a glass of wine around although from what I can see the old man himself ain’t. Around that is.
Sometimes my sister goes out right away when I come over and comes back hours later when me and the baby Dennis are asleep. She says that Dennis is crazy because he’s loud and he’s active and he doesn’t listen but then he stops still and stares for almost ever and he makes a lot of sounds that are nothing at all like words and he moves funny sometimes more like a praying mantis than like a big baby boy and that all this is why little Dennis and me get along so good is what she says because we’re both screwed she says. And that’s why she has to leave sometimes.
But I don’t see the problem so much to be honest and I tell my sister so. She says I can’t see it because I’m a retard myself is what she says when she’s not feeling so nice or just that Davey you don’t understand things very well is what she says when she’s better.
But I can do things. I can change Dennis’s diaper when he needs it, and I know when he needs it. I even like it doing the changing doing the feeding like it when my sister leaves us alone because I like being the one in charge for a change. I am really responsible and I don’t think my sister changes Dennis often enough because of what I see sometimes on his little bum. Like boils. I can’t tell my sister something like that because I told her once told her after she came home from a long long time when she was out of the house. And she said how dare you to me and she hit me slapped me real hard. Then she stared at me and thought about it and just said how dare you again and hit me real hard on the same part of my face again even though I’m bigger than she is by a lot. But I couldn’t do nothing about it of course because I couldn’t. Except cry. I could cry and I did just with the water part and no sound coming out of me. And I turned so little Dennis couldn’t see because he looks up to me admires me and he’s real curious and kept stretching his neck to try to see me. So now I just wipe the cream on him all the time and I blow lightly on the red parts of his bottom to cool him because it looks hot.
My sister says so what to all this because she did it all for me when I was little like our brother Gary who doesn’t live around here anymore did for her because she says Mom had two kids too many than she could handle. And so I owe somebody.
Gypsy Davey is Chris Lynch's highly acclaimed novel about one boy's ultimately triumphant coming of age in the face of loneliness and terrible neglect from his family. By age twelve, Davey has had his share of problems. For his entire existence he has lived with a mother who loves him, but refuses to learn how to be a parent to him; a charismatic but reckless father who can't seem to commit to his family; and a sister who had to become his real mother when she was seven years old. Alternately adored and abused by his older sister, Davey grows up with the passionate conviction that somehow his life should be better than it is.
And when Joanne, now a seventeen year old mother herself, seems destined to repeat the mistakes of their mother with her newborn son, Davey is determined to do everything he can to spare his nephew from the harsh, desperate, and lonely childhood he himself has had.
Told in Davey's own voice alternating with revealing family vignettes, Lynch's narrative is piercing, enraging and ultimately uplifting—a beautifully written tour de force about coming to terms with this cycle and trying to rise above it.
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Chris Lynch was a featured author in Publishers Weekly's "Flying Starts" for his first novel, Shadow Boxer. His other novels--including Ice Man, Slot Machine, and the Blue-Eyed Son series--have all garnered critical acclaim and received numerous prestigious awards.