May 2010 Indie Next List
“It is 1959 and young Christy Hurley is an Irish pavee or traveller. Upon his grandfather's, death, Christy's grandmother is determined to have the young boy make his holy communion even though it will mean staying in one place for more than a few days, and, if it's at all possible, enrolling in school. As Christy tells us his story, we learn that the love a father can have for a son transcends all boundaries, including poverty.”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
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...
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