All the June Saturday afteron Sam Pollit's children were on the lookout for him as they skated round the dirt sidewalks and seamed old asphalt of R Street and Reservoir Road...Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money and too much loathing for each other. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny becomes a geyser of rage against her improvident husband. And, caught in the midst of it all, is Louisa, Sam's watchful eleven-year-old daughter.
Christina Stead (1902-1983) was born in Sydney but lived for most of her life outside Australia. THE MAN WHO LOVED CHILDREN has been hailed as a masterpiece by Randall Jarrell, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley and many other writers.