Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan

Loving Frank: A Novel

byNancy Horan

Kobo ebook | August 7, 2007

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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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

Advance praise for Loving Frank:

Loving Frank is one of those novels that takes over your life. It’s mesmerizing and fascinating–filled with complex characters, deep passions, tactile descriptions of astonishing architecture, and the colorful immediacy of daily life a hundred years ago–all gathered into a story that unfolds with riveting urgency.”
–Lauren Belfer, author of City of Light

“This graceful, assured first novel tells the remarkable story of the long-lived affair between Frank Lloyd Wright, a passionate and impossible figure, and Mamah Cheney, a married woman whom Wright beguiled and led beyond the restraint of convention. It is engrossing, provocative reading.”
——Scott Turow

“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

“I admire this novel, adore this novel, for so many reasons: The intelligence and lyricism of the prose. The attention to period detail. The epic proportions of this most fascinating love story. Mamah Cheney has been in my head and heart and soul since reading this book; I doubt she’ ll ever leave.”
–Elizabeth Berg

Title:Loving Frank: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 7, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345502256

ISBN - 13:9780345502254

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from 2 out of 10 Thi was a very difficult book to get into. Very slow and not a book I woul recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling A great read. I didn't know what to expect as it was a book club read and I was unfamiliar with the author. As I was reading the book it seemed familiar to me. Turns out it is based on the true story of Frank Lloyd Wright and his married lover and I'm familiar with the story because the basic facts covered actually happened. Tragic story that is well told.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to your library.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish it This wasnt the book for me. I couldn't really get into it. Very slow
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunted me for a long time... I lost my best friend's trust in my book recommendations over this book...because it was too sad for her. But the very fact that this was a true story, and a brutally sad story, made it a great book for me. It's not an easy book, but just heart-wrenching in the limited choices for women of Mamah's time. Made me realize how lucky I am to be a woman in this time period. Still haunts me.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A budding feminist meets Frank Lloyd Wright Not being one to read love stories, I didn't expect to like this book but it surprised me. I enjoyed following the central character's development as she tries to redefine who she is and struggles as an intelligent woman with her place in the world.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving Frank This was a real page turner based on a true life couple. Don't look them up on the internet before reading the book however. Just read it.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving Oneself Enlightening, great perspective on self, love, marriage and tragedy!
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written book from beginning to end. Women have Come a long way since the late 1800's.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The cost of loving a genius When Frank fell for Mamah, it was like white lightening - blindingly fast and very public. While it surely shocked Chicago society and damaged Frank Lloyd Wright's reputation, his career was not brought to a standstill. He would go on to create Taliesin the home that would become his standard. And Mamah Borthwick would find her heart in the translation of some of the women's movements greatest words. Nancy Horan has re-created their world so perfectly, that I found myself so completely drawn into it, it is hard to leave. I think this is one of those books that I will remember forever.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing and Frustrating This book was intriguing in the beginning and then about 1/4 of the way in became frustrating and difficult to read. At some points I had to force myself to read the book. There were also points of the book that i was extremely frustrated with the story. I would never read this book again. Buy another book.
Date published: 2010-02-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I was expecting to read some interesting information on Frank Lloyd Wright , but what I got was a "romance gone wrong" story. I was shocked by the ending and it precipitated me to read and find out more about Wright.
Date published: 2009-10-22