- File Size: 551 KB
- Print Length: 385 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (May 31, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2010
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003NX7ODC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christy, the outside boy, takes a new road, trying to unravel his personal history. We follow him on the road, into school, church, stores, the houses of the "placed" folks, rich and poor. He's looking for HIS place.
This is a very good book, real and moving, and thought-provoking. The ending is fairy tale absolut, and secretly I loved it. It was champagne, it was cotton candy. If I'd been writing the story (all critics seem to get to this point somewhere along the road), I'd have loved concocting it. I'd have cried, and laughed, and yelled my head off. And then I'd have torn it up and sought a more realistic finish. But that's me. I rewrite in my head every book I read.
Cummins went with the fairy tale, whipped cream with a cherry on top, and it was and is delicious. Since it was just a metaphor for the growth of the characters and not the growth itself, well, peace be on it! We can stand a little extra dessert every now and then.
After a long time finding books that just not for me, I have found Jeanne Cummings. She writes great books that keep their secrets until it's time for them to be told,
This was a second book by her and I thoroughly enjoyed both.
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Again her research is meticulous and shows both sides of the Irish, Catholic Church. Kindness and cruelty. It also illustrates the attitude to tinkers held by " decent" folk. Again kindness and cruelty.
There is humour, tears and a bit of suspense as he investigates the unspoken of mysterysurrounding his mother and discovers his past.
I loved about 85% of The Outside Boy, but the final chapters did stretch my belief too far. A very good read , but a poor ending.
Highly recommend this one.