This book is now available at the Genoa Branch Library.
This memoir chronicles the life of Mikey Walsh, who was born into a Romany Gypsy family. His life as a gypsy is shocking because of his lack of schooling and the violence he was subjected to from a young age. His father wanted him to be a fighter so Walsh spent many hours being taught to fight. Walsh was also subjected to sexual abuse by an uncle. However, the whole book isn't dark. Close ties with his mom and sister kept him going. Walsh somehow does try to rise above his miserable life. Eventually he escapes from his grim life and teaches himself to read and write. I found this book to be a fascinating peek into the life of gypsies.
reviewed by: Mimi Fintel - Branch Manager, Genoa Branch Library