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The writer Barbara Follett as revealed in this compilation of letters diary entries and reviews edited by her half nephew Cooke lived a life that would be unbelievable if it were presented in a work of fiction. Born in 1914 Barbara began writing at age four and published her first novel The House Without Windows at 13. She was home schooled and had little contact with other children; most of her early letters are to grown up friends. She was enthralled by nature and invented her own world Farksolia. This idyllic life was shattered when Barbara’s adored father left the family for another woman. His letters at this time are bitterly cruel. In an effort to establish Barbara as a travel writer her mother Helen took her on a long odyssey to the South Pacific. Cooke’s narrative emphasizes that Barbara shared her father’s tendency to escape problems rather than confronting them. In Samoa Barbara suffered “a smash—emotional and nervous.” Back in the U.S. she ran away and was found by the police a widely reported incident. In 1939 shortly after her husband of five years asked for a divorce she left her house and was never seen again. Many of the letters repeatedly cover the same ground but anyone intrigued by this real life mystery will want to read them all. Her fantastical life and the enigma of her disappearance are equally compelling. (BookLife) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."