How is it possible this masterpiece has no reviews? I'm not her only fan - Saul Bellow, Angela Carter and Doris Lessing are too, and the poet Randall Jarrell wrote an astounding introduction to this book. Based on Stead's own childhood struggle with her father, it is about the flint-eyed Louisa, plain changeling in a family overburdened with children thanks to her hypocritical, overbearing and monstrous father Sam Pollit. Their quarrels, feelings, smells and near-madness are portrayed with savage satirical wit and detail. As Jarrell said, "The Man Who Loved Chiuldren makes you a part of one family's immediate existence as no other book quite does. When you have read it you have been, for a few hours, a Pollit; it will take you many years to get the sound of the Polits out of your ears, the sight of the Pollits out of your eyes, the smell of the Pollits out of your nostrils."