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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Loving Frank (edition 2013)

by Nancy Horan, Joyce Bean (Reader)

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Title:Loving Frank
Authors:Nancy Horan
Other authors:Joyce Bean (Reader)
Info:Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged (2013), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan


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1900 - early
Frank Lloyd Wright
— Mamah Borthwich Cheney — ran off w/ him left 2 young children
Scandalous then — now?
Built house — Taliesin — prairie
house for them — also Oak Park, Ill.

I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.

So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
  christinejoseph | Apr 2, 2017 |
Beautiful writing although long-winded and boring in parts with too much minute detail. Unfortunately the despicable, narcissistic, selfish, self-absorbed characters made this a difficult read. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
This was a total surprise, given that the title alone would have kept me from reading it had a friend not loaned it to me.

It is a very engaging fictional account of the relationship that FLW had with Mamah Cheney, the wife of a client in Oak Park. Cheney was a very interesting woman with ties to European feminists in the early decades of the 20th century and the novel portrays her relationship with Wright, her husband and the family she leaves behind, with tenderness and honesty that is sometimes painful to read.

I knew enough about the subject to know, in part, how the relationship ended, but to the books credit, I totally forgot about it and so the ending came as a complete shock.

Very very fine. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
I found Mamah very selfish. I didn't feel like the book did a good job of showing Frank's attraction. She leaves her boring husband for the exciting Frank Loyd Wright. Edwin is kind, dependable and loves her. The book tries to say she need to be free of Edwin to really express and discover herself. But Edwin was proud of her intelligence and had no problem with her involvement in the Woman's movement during their marriage Frank on the other hand is unreliable and always thinks of himself first.

Mamah believes children will understand her actions. She thinks her being happy is so important, that it truly is the best thing for her children to have a happy mother..

She just expects her sister to step in and help the children. Mamah only relizes how much she has upset her sister's life.when she tries to reconcile with her sister.

Mamah works to translate Ellen Key. She sees in Ellen's philosphy justification of her actions, ignoring Ellen's beliefs about children.

The book ends tragically. ( )
  nx74defiant | Sep 1, 2016 |
I liked the writing of this book a lot, but I thought the main character was extremely immature and annoying. I could not sympathize with her at all. ( )
  emilyesears | Aug 29, 2016 |
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Mamah describes Wright as someone who, "had come to mistake his gift for the whole of his character."
"The measure of a man's culture is the measure of his appreciation," he said.
"I'm like the truck of a cactus, I suppose," she told him. "I take in a dose of culture and time with friends, then I retreat and go live on it for a while until I get thirsty again. It's not good to live so much inside oneself. It's a self-imposed exile, really. It make you different."
Tell me everything. He might as well have said, "Take off your dress."
"Oh, I was just the right age then, I think. Smarter than I ever was before or since."
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Amazon Significant Seven, August 2007: It's a rare treasure to find a historically imagined novel that is at once fully versed in the facts and unafraid of weaving those truths into a story that dares to explore the unanswered questions. Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney's love story is--as many early reviews of Loving Frank have noted--little-known and often dismissed as scandal. In Nancy Horan's skillful hands, however, what you get is two fully realized people, entirely, irrepressibly, in love. Together, Frank and Mamah are a wholly modern portrait, and while you can easily imagine them in the here and now, it's their presence in the world of early 20th century America that shades how authentic and, ultimately, tragic their story is. Mamah's bright, earnest spirit is particularly tender in the context of her time and place, which afforded her little opportunity to realize the intellectual life for which she yearned. Loving Frank is a remarkable literary achievement, tenderly acute and even-handed in even the most heartbreaking moments, and an auspicious debut from a writer to watch. --Anne Bartholomew

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Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.… (more)

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