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They Cage the Animals at Night is a heart-wrenching autobiography in the form of a novel This book is written by Jennings Michael Burch who is the main character His father is an often drunk alcoholic and has left a family of six boys to his wife The oldest is George who follows the steps of his father and also gets drunk He is also a smoker Contrary to his father though he tries to support the family although he takes a lot from it Next is Walter who spends most of his life studying to prevent himself from following his fathers shadow After him is Larry He is Jenningss favorite brother as they always went through the same things and felt the same way Jerome comes next yet he is sick through out most of the book so he is not of significance Next comes Jennings He is twelve years old and is always trying to pull the family together and keep mom from crying Hes kind of a goody-two-shoes Finally is Gene who always gets what he wants Hes about four years old when the book starts Mothers main goal is to have a closely-knit family and has the obstacles of alcohol to bypass She becomes sick almost all the timeOne day for an unknown reason mother became seriously sick and had stress related problems Jennings was forced to go into a shelter home having nowhere to go This was the first time He was taken to the Home of Angels where he was treated roughly There he was directed by a clicker and not knowing what to do he was physically hurt Soon a couple took him in their custody They were even worse as he was given small boundaries to live in and a table to sit at all day There he was rarely fed yet when he was fed he was given some sort of gluey grayish grub that tasted
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