I received an advance review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press. Gypsy Boy is a memoir of the life of Mikey Walsh, who grew up in a Romany Gypsy community in England. The Gypsies are pretty much a closed community, so it is an eye-opening look at a culture that is mostly unknown to us in the “gorgia” world.
While Walsh depicts the community as fiercely proud and tightly knit, his own experience was a rough and tumble mix of an abusive father, a loving but purposefully distant mother, and an extended Gypsy family that viewed any kind of sensitivity as unmasculine and weak.
I found Walsh’s story fascinating and yet heartbreaking at the same time. It was difficult to put down and I learned a great deal more about the Romany Gypsy way of life.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012