They Cage the Animals at Night

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Penguin Group USA, 1985 - Family & Relationships - 293 pages
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"One rainy day in Brooklyn, Jennings Michael Burch's mother, too sick to care for him, left him at an orphanage, saying only, "I'll be right back." She never returned. Shuttled through a series of bleak foster homes and institutions, he never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. Instead, Jennings clung to a tattered stuffed animal, his sole source of warmth in a frightening world. This is the poignant story of his lost childhood. But it is also the triumphant tale of a little boy who finally gained the courage to reach out for love-and found it waiting for him."--Cover.

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User Review  - lilibrarian - LibraryThing

Jennings Michael Burch and his brothers lived with their single mother in New York City. She became ill when he was eight, and his life became a series of lonely, abusive orphanages, foster situations and homelessness. His solace was a stuffed dog. Read full review

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User Review  - justablondemoment - LibraryThing

While it didn't bring me to my knees with grief and sorrow, it was emotional. I didn't particularly enjoy the way it was written. It was like he was still that age... like he wanted me to be a child ... Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Burch has worked as a New York City policeman, achauffeur, a theatre manager, a magazine pressman, anda short-order cook. He holds a B.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College.