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Loving Frank
Loving Frank
Author: Nancy Horan
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345495006
ISBN-10: 0345495004
Publication Date: 6/24/2008
Pages: 377
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 582 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, 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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If this was not a true story, you would find it hard to believe.

Shocking affair of married lovers who leave their families and run away together, shocking all the good folks in Oak Park, IL, and Chicago in early 20th Century. Similar to today, reporters chased them to Europe. Frank Lloyd Wright was a larger-than-life character. The story of his great love, Mamah Cheney, is haunting.

Beautifully written book. Great for book clubs.
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I wasn't sure whether I'd like this book, but once I got started I couldn't put it down. I never knew what a complex person Frank Lloyd Wright was, nor what a mess he made of his life while producing glorious architecture. The novel is written from the standpoint of his lover/mistress who gives up everything to be with him and covers many years of their lives together.
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I found this book to run a little bit on the "harlequin" side of literature. Mamah's idealism and romanticism was a little too unrealistic and sickening at times. I did enjoy the window into the era and Frank Lloyd Wright's work. The plot turn did leave me at the edge of my seat.


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