Terry Degner's memoir, My Brave Little Man, covers the first eight years of his life. During that time, he deals with a neglectful and abusive father, poverty, and a mother incapable of giving the care he and his siblings need. Terry is ultimately given up to an orphanage in Duluth, Minnesota, where he instantly clashes with authorities, and--more importantly--himself. We discuss, among other things, his approach to writing about such a young age and what this tale means to him today.
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