Gypsy Boy on the Run
My Escape From A Life Among the Romany GypsiesBook - 2013
A sequel to "Gypsy Boy" follows the author's effort to survive after leaving his family at the age of fifteen, a decision that was challenged by difficult factors in the outside world, his father's contract hit on his life, and his evolving sexuality.
Mikey Walsh didn't know what life was like beyond his Gypsy community. But after fleeing home at age fifteen, he had no choice but to find out.
After centuries of persecution, Gypsies are wary of outsiders, and if you choose to leave, you can never come back. Torn between his family and his heart, Mikey struggled to come to terms with the Gypsy culture and its violent, conservative traditions. At last, he decided to set out on his own. He soon discovered the outside world wasn't all that he expected, and his life would never be the same again.A shocking yet ultimately triumphant memoir,Gypsy Boy on the Run follows Mikey as he comes to terms with himself, his family, and his past--and builds a new life for himself.
A sequel to the best-selling Gypsy Boy follows the author's harrowing effort to survive after leaving his Gypsy family at the age of 15, a decision that was challenged by difficult factors in the outside world, his father's contract hit on his life and his evolving sexuality. 40,000 first printing.
Mikey was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They lived in a closeted community, and little is known of their way of life. After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back. This is something Mikey knows all too well. Growing up, he didn't go to school, he seldom mixed with non-Gypsies and the caravan became his world. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonising decision - to stay and keep secrets, or escape to find somewhere to belong.