by Nancy Horan
Reviewed by Mudqueen
Loving Frank is about the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney, both of whom were married to other people at the time. The book is written from Mamah's point of view. The author, Nancy Horan, uses a clear, concise manner of writing that makes this book a quick read.
Most of the story revolves around the affair and the sacrifices made by both parties. In the first decades of the twentieth century in Chicago, this sort of thing made the headlines. Mamah is the central character, and the author very skillfully fleshes out her personality and garners the readers' sympathy for her and her struggle in a society where a wife was just a husband's possession. Those hoping to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright will be disappointed, but the book is an interesting read about human relationships during that era.
More about Loving Frank from Powell's Books
Another novel about Frank Lloyd Wright:
The Women by T.C. Boyle, about the many women in Wright's life.
Other historical novels set in Chicago:
Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster, about a young black woman in 1919. More info
Prairie Avenue by Arthur Meeker, about wealthy Chicagoans in the late nineteenth century. Review
Nonfiction about Frank Lloyd Wright:
Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders by William R. Drennan. More info
Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright by Brendan Gill. More info
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography by Meryl Secrest. More info
My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright by John Lloyd Wright. More info
Autobiography by Frank Lloyd Wright. More info
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