When Andrew Bridge was seven years old, he and his mother - a mentally unstable woman who loved her child more than she could care for him - slid deeper and deeper into poverty, until they were reduced to scavenging for food in trash bins. Welfare officials did little more than threaten to take Andrew away, until a social worker arrived with a police escort and did just that while his mother screamed on the sidewalk. And so began Andrew's descent into the foster care system - "care" being a terrible irony, as he received almost none for the next 11 years.Academic achievement was Andrew's ticket out of hell - a scholarship to Wesleyan University led to Harvard Law School and a Fulbright Scholarship. Now an accomplished adult, he has dedicated his life to working on behalf of the frightened children still lost in the system. Hope's Boy is his story, a story of endurance and the power of love and, most of all, of hope.
"An inspiring account." (Library Journal)
"Bridge...has provided remarkable insights into a dark corner of American society." (Publishers Weekly)
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American spilling his guts
No. Too painful
The Lamberts' incredible stone-like cruelty. Jason.
I must admit that after the first 45 minutes I was really taken in by the story.
Amazing that anyone who really experienced this kind of childhood would really be able to recount it in such detail. This is what I find so disturbing about Americans. How can this author describe all this in such detail and walk down the street the next day? Leads me to conclude that he is profiting off of his admittedly bad childhood in foster care. Difficult to believe the Lamberts were really that cold, calculating and cruel. Why didn't the grandmother in Chicago make a greater effort to claim him when the time came? Also, it seems that after becoming a big time successful lawyer,
Moving example of strength.
Mental illness is not an easy disease to live with on any level.
The boy he went to visit in the first chapter.
The separation scene during her street episode
- Robin Storey