The Outside Boy: A Novel

The Outside Boy: A Novel

by Jeanine Cummins
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The Outside Boy: A Novel 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101429679
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 509,178
File size: 387 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeanine Cummins is the author of the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, which People magazine called: “…a straightforward, expertly paced narrative that reads like a novel.” She lives in New York City

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The Outside Boy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Christy feels like an outcast, he is constantly traveling with his family. He is told that his mother passed away when he was an infant. But when Christy's cousin is getting ready to set the wagon carrying his dead grandfather on fire, Christy spots a newspaper picture. This picture has him questioning everything he's believed in his whole life. Who is this woman and why does he feel such a strong connection to her? He sets out to find the truth about who he is and where he comes from. Will he come to peace with the life he lives or will everything this new information destroy him? Two words: loved it! I fell into this novel right away and didn't even come up for air.
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It's a well written book. It deals with an important event occuring today or a continuation of an event that has occured for a long time.
Lucy88 More than 1 year ago
If you can get past the fact that you won't believe character, plot, voice, dialogue, or thought, this is a terrific beach read. It's diverting, occasionally sweet, but seldom credible. Colonial literature -- and I'm English! -- at its worst. Sigh.