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Loving Frank
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780345494993
ISBN-10: 0345494997
Publication Date: 8/7/2007
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 81 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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taaza avatar reviewed Loving Frank on + 56 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
Well-told story blending historical accounts and fictional details about the sensationalized relationship of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Horan allows you to delve into Mamah's psyche (as she sees how Mamah Cheney may have felt). Powerful and gripping - not a book I will soon forget.
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Helpful Score: 12
I found this book absolutely enthralling from beginning to the end. It was quite interesting to read about a feminist in the beginning of the 1900's and her struggles with her personal decisions. It was very well written and I am interested to see what else this author will write.
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Helpful Score: 7
Not being familiar with the particulars of Wright's life, I was stunned by the ending to this book. The ending made me weep, and I remained weepy for at least 24 hours. Otherwise, it's a wonderfully told story.
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Helpful Score: 7
The book definitely picked up at the end. I struggled getting through it in the beginning though. This book was written as a piece of fiction, however it is based on events that did happen in Frank Lloyd Wright's life. The author appeared to write as close to the historical facts as possible, but did fill in the gaps with how she imagined Mamah and Frank's love life played out. Franky Lloyd Wright's architectural elements were described throughout the story as his homes he designed, in the novel, were described well by the author. If you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, it is worth reading, if not, this may be a book to pass up.
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Helpful Score: 6
I had a hard time with what seems nonessential details, there were times I wondering why I was reading this seemingly trivial information. However, this information becomes important as you read on, weaving strands together and seeing the significance in understanding the characters. I had toured some of Wrights work but was completely unaware of the tragic and horrifying scenario that took place at Talesin. I then googled him and found even more "stranger than fiction" details about many other periods and events in his life. Nancy Horan did her homework and stayed close to essence of Mamah.
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pj-s-bookcorner avatar reviewed Loving Frank on + 618 more book reviews
Mixed reviews on this book. It is a fictional account of the personal (more than the professional) life of Frank Lloyd Wright and his long-time mistress Mamah Cheney. In an era where their behavior was considered almost criminal, they encounter relentless press coverage of their affair & life together, alienation from family and friends. I knew very little of Wright's life until reading this. As in many brilliant artists, the ego was over the top. To quote a phrase in the book: "he would rather be honestly arrogant than hypocritically humble". Shocking outcome toward the end leads to heartbreak for both families.
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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.
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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.


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