New Book / Loving Frank

Here’s the book I just finished reading. It’s about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright who designed the amazing Fallingwater which is about an hour from Pittsburgh.  It’s called Loving Frank and it’s a debut novel for Nancy Horan. 


  The book is part fiction, part fact… as Noran pieces together a very public affair Wright had with the wife of one of his clients …. Mamah Borthwick Cheney.  I loved it!  If you plan to read it… don’t let anyone tell you about it… and whatever you do… don’t look up on the internet how it all ends.  It will ruin it for you. My neighbor Cindy had just finished reading it.. and warned me not to look anything up until I was done with the entire book… and she was right.

 I have been to Fallingwater twice and never heard any of this story before.  The book gave me much more appreciation for Wright’s work and challenges of being such a visionary during that time. Remember when Angelina Jolie flew Brad Pitt to Fallingwater as a birthday present because Brad’s hobby is studying architecture?  (sigh) 

   Here’s the book review from the publisher: 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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. 

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, Horan 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.

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