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ISBN13: 9780345495006
ISBN10: 0345495004
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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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"Good ideas for novels sometimes spring nearly fully formed from life. Such is the case with Nancy Horan's 'Loving Frank,' which details Frank Lloyd Wright's passionate affair with a woman named Mamah Cheney; both of them left their family to be together, creating a Chicago scandal that eventually ended in inexplicable violence.

It's easy to see why Horan, a former journalist and... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The novel has something for everyone — a romance, a history of architecture, and a philosophical and political debate on the role of women." Booklist

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"One of Horan's achievements is how effectively she intertwines Mamah's evolution with the era's social change." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"It takes great courage to write a novel about historical people, and in particular to give voice to someone as mythic as Frank Lloyd Wright. This beautifully written novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright's love affair is vivid and intelligent, unsentimental and compassionate." Jane Hamilton

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"[A] complex tale of the love affair between two eccentric, intelligent and unforgettable characters." Rocky Mountain News

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"The first great mystery in this story is what made Frank and Mamah sever their family ties....Ms. Horan has the novelistic imagination to conjure the psychic storm clouds that arose, as well as the freak criminal outburst." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"The plot, characters, and ideas meld into a novel that will be a treat for fans of historical fiction." Library Journal

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"[T]he perfect selection to jump-start some satisfyingly heated arguments within your book club." USA Today

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"[A] beautifully designed, innovative and noteworthy work of art in itself." Chicago Tribune

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"Horan excels at research, and does an admirable job of recreating the five or so years the two were together." Christian Science Monitor

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About the Author

Nancy Horan, a former journalist and longtime resident of Oak Park, Illinois, now lives and writes on an island in Puget Sound.

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Buckeye girl, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Buckeye girl)
I really hadn't planned to read this book because I was not much interested in Frank Lloyd Wright's love life. A friend gave it to me after she had finished reading it. We didn't have time to discuss it because I was leaving town. As soon as I began reading, I became interested in the characters and the way their lives were affected by the social and moral constraints of their time. The dilemma faced by the woman who loved Frank resonates with women in our time, too. Choosing to leave her husband and children to follow a married lover and to seek self fulfillment through her own talents is both admirable and selfish, however liberated a woman may feel. The author has written a very perceptive fictional account of an actual relationship between Wright and his lover. Relying on publicly known facts about their time together, Horan has written a very credible account of two passionate flesh and blood characters whose defiance of the social norms of their day brought them joy but also much pain. Then, when things begin to resolve for them, tragedy strikes. A tragedy that remained in my thoughts long after I had finished the book because it had happened to very real people.
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Robert Boursaw, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Robert Boursaw)
Wonderfully written. Nancy Horan takes you on an incredible journey.
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bkwrm, February 7, 2011 (view all comments by bkwrm)
This book is a wonderful glimpse into the life of
Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover.
Hard to believe they lived so long ago and dealt
with issues still relevant today! The ending is horrifying
especially since that part as well as the rest of the book
is based on true events in their lives.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345495006
Author:
Horan, Nancy
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biographical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Architects
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.03x5.24x.85 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345495006 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The novel has something for everyone — a romance, a history of architecture, and a philosophical and political debate on the role of women."
"Review" by , "One of Horan's achievements is how effectively she intertwines Mamah's evolution with the era's social change."
"Review" by , "It takes great courage to write a novel about historical people, and in particular to give voice to someone as mythic as Frank Lloyd Wright. This beautifully written novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright's love affair is vivid and intelligent, unsentimental and compassionate."
"Review" by , "[A] complex tale of the love affair between two eccentric, intelligent and unforgettable characters."
"Review" by , "The first great mystery in this story is what made Frank and Mamah sever their family ties....Ms. Horan has the novelistic imagination to conjure the psychic storm clouds that arose, as well as the freak criminal outburst."
"Review" by , "The plot, characters, and ideas meld into a novel that will be a treat for fans of historical fiction."
"Review" by , "[T]he perfect selection to jump-start some satisfyingly heated arguments within your book club."
"Review" by , "[A] beautifully designed, innovative and noteworthy work of art in itself."
"Review" by , "Horan excels at research, and does an admirable job of recreating the five or so years the two were together."
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