Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh

Gypsy Boy

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
278 pages

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