I had somehow never heard about this book. Evidently it very collectible and sought after. The author obv. had a very tragic and storied life. I think it's a VERY interesting story. ..from an email from a friend... Wright's troubled childhood was reflected in the Lonely Doll books. Her parents were divorced when Wright was three years old, resulting in her separation from her older brother. "I think that was the central trauma of Dare's life, losing both her father and her brother as a young child, and was something that stayed with her throughout her life," "All of her stories turn on aspects of her own childhood, the fears of punishment and being abandoned... that then came out in these children's books," Here is her website. It's a lonely kinda world there I guess. But endlessly interesting.