Welcome all book lovers to our Online Book Club
Today at Find The Treasure, our Online Book club, we start reading a new book, The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins. The focus of our book club is on uplifting books and The Outside Boy seems to include an uplifting tale about a young Irish gypsy boy. While travelling, his Grandda dies and this starts him on the road to change and a search to find belonging.
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Editorial Reviews from Amazon.com
*Starred Review* Christy, nearly 12, is an Irish Traveller, a Pavee, a child of motion who, with his family, journeys restlessly from town to town, never staying in any place long enough to call it home. But when his beloved Grandda dies, family secrets begin to spill out, and things begin to change, perhaps irrevocably. Set in Ireland in 1959, Cummins’ first novel (she’s also the author of the memoir A Rip in Heaven, 2004) is a deeply moving and elegiac look at a vanishing culture. Told in Christy’s vernacular but often poetic first-person voice, The Outside Boy is gorgeously written and an implicit celebration of Irish storytelling. And it offers a convincing and evocative look at a way of life little known or understood by the many foreign to it. Though Cummins’ treatment of the Pavee may sometimes seem idealized, she is quick to acknowledge their occasional petty thefts and tradition of mooching. Her overriding, beautifully realized theme is larger than that, however: it is the universal desire to find a place where one belongs and people—whether one’s own family or as-yet-unknown others—whose presence provides essential comfort, contentment, and completion. –Michael Cart