Loving Frank Author:Nancy Horan In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright. — Drawing on years of research, Hora... more »n weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan’s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah’s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel’s stunning conclusion.
Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.« less
While fictional, I think there is enough factual basis to create an interesting glimpse into the drama that surrounded Frank Lloyd Wright during his affair with Mamah Cheney and the birth of Taliesin in Wisconsin. Wright fans may not like the portrait painted of him, however true Wrightophiles will not hear any accusations that have not been leveled before.
This was a great read! It read much like a novel, rather than a non-fiction book. The story about the love affair between Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright is recounted through the eyes of Mamah. She was such an intriguing and educated lady for that time period. The book gave me a real insight into that period in time. It is a must read for those interested in women's issues and Chicago history.
I absolutely loved this book! Great writing about an aspect of Frank Lloyd Wright's life that I was unfamiliar with. It was so interesting reading about a time when women did not have the vote and were merely extensions of their husbands. I felt the pain and frustration with her life that Mamah Cheney felt AND her justified frustrations with Frank as he lived a grandiose lifestyle that included not paying his bills while espousing the rights of the "little man", the same people he was not paying. An amazing book about an amazing man and woman early in the 20th Century. If you are looking for a love story, look elsewhere. This is not so much about love as what drove these two people to enter into a love affair that ultimately destroyed so many lives.
I just recently got into Frank Lloyd Wright when we took a trip to see Falling Water. What an amazing site. Someone told me about this book. I liked it. Its different than your average story and not knowing the story, I found it to be a great read, about an entirely different time period. I really enjoyed it.
One of the best books I've read lately. It actually took me a couple of tries to get started, as the beginning is a little slow. I think lack of knowledge of the story beforehand adds to the reading. The ending is very moving.
This is a fictionalized account of the affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney, which took place between1907 and 1914. Horan's characters are well developed and believable. She tells the story without moralizing.
Having lived in Wisconsin for over a decade, I have been to Spring Green, but not to Wright's home. This book has whetted my appetite to learn more about the man and his work, and especially Taliesin.