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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads; Later Printing edition (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340919442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919446
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 . . . is engrossing, provocative reading. (Scott Turow)

A riveting historical novel. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Horan does an impressive job of rescuing Mamah from the footnotes of history . . . This compelling read sheds light on an ill-fated relationship from the foundations up (Independent)

Outstanding... Nancy Horan has found an untold tale of a famous couple that rocked society at the start of the last century, and she tells it with gut wrenching raw emotion that could not fail to stir even the hardest heart. (Daily Mail)

Enthralling (New York Times)

A novel of impressive scope and ambition (Washington Post)

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The scandal that rocked society and defied convention.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book for rounding out my sense of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney, who was his lover and sometime soul mate for many years. It's the most pleasant way I know to bring these two powerful people to life in your mind.

Most novels deal with romance, hope, and redemption. Loving Frank is quite different because it displays a tragedy based on imagining the relationship between two real people, the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the wife of one of his clients, Mamah Borthwick Cheney, who left her husband and family to live with Wright. Beyond a few scraps of writing, we know little about Mamah Borthwick Cheney other than what a few friends and the excesses of journalists said about her. Even though I've read several books about Wright, I didn't get much of a sense about Mamah until reading this book. I thought that Nancy Horan did a fine job of bringing Mamah to life by imputing reasonable motives to her for the actions she is known to have taken.

Frank Lloyd Wright had a reputation for romancing the wives of his clients, but only Mamah left home and hearth for him . . . despite having a comfortable marriage and two children. Mamah appears to have seen this as an opportunity to become a fulfilled person by having a professional (she was a translator of feminist literature) and a personal life (with Frank) that was continually stimulating.

Why, then, is this a tragedy? Well, Mamah didn't end up doing nearly as much professionally as she hoped, and Wright was often not around . . . or not behaving as he should have. In addition, Mamah ended up being characterized by the press as a scarlet woman in a way that shamed all of her family and friends. Her leaving her family affected her children and herself in fundamental ways as well . . .
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By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this for a small book group and I'll admit the other two readers enjoyed it more than I did. Personally I didn't find the style of writing flowed and it took me longer to read than it should have.
Having said that, the content was interesting and I learned a lot about an architect who had previously been little more than an iconic name to me. Mamah Cheney I had not heard of but it's not hard to feel sympathy for the pair of them in the light of current tolerance - they were born in the wrong era!

Frank Lloyd Wright was a ground-breaking architect in the early twentieth century and his relationship with Mamah Cheney, the wife of a client, caused a tremendous scandal. Mamah made the huge decision to leave her husband and children to travel round Europe with Wright but even there, news began to reach them of the effect their scandalous behaviour was having on their families. On their return they were hounded by the press and it was it was impossible for them to have a normal relationship.
While in Europe, Mama had made contact with Ellen Key and it was her translation of Key's feminist writings that gave Mamah both moral support and her professional stimulus.
The dramatic ending is like something from a fiction novel and knowing little of the history of the couple, took me completely by surprise.

Recommended for lovers of Biographies.
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Frank Lloyd Wright was, and is, considered by many to be an architectural visionary. His Prarie homes were organic in nature and designed to blend into the landscape rather than compete with it.

Frank himself could hardly be considered as a man who "blended into the landscape" and his unconventional affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a married woman with two children, resulted in tragedy both personal and professional

Author Nancy Horan's historical novel takes you into the lives and minds of this unusual couple and explores their relationship and its effect the people who loved them as well as those on the periphery of their passion.

We are drawn into the inner thoughts of Mameh, an accomplished woman in her own right.....college graduate, fluent in several languages.....and her attempt to "stop standing on the side of life watching it float by" and instead "swim in the river and feel it's current". In an era when women were expected to quash any desire for personal growth and "act happy", Mameh's personal conflict forced her to make choices that provided temporary satisfaction, but were ultimately disasterous.

Could it be that you, like me, will become so consumed by Horan's vivid portrayal of this couple that you will find yourself searching the internet for more information about "what happened after" Horan's tale ends.
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I always enjoy a story that mixes real facts with fiction, especially when the make me want to go and find out more about the protagonists.

This one had me on Wikipedia and Google for days, gleaning all I could about Frank Lloyd Wright and his affairs. I'd like to feel this was his one true love because he went on and had several more relationships after her which, when you reach the dramatic end, just doesn't seem possible. I'm really, really glad I didn't know what happened before I read the book - it was a complete shock!
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What a fascinating life this strong-willed woman had and what a terrific passion she enjoyed. But her great love saw her lose an awful lot and I wonder if she were allowed back her again would she consider those sacrifices had been worth it.
Really well researched and engaging fictionalised biography that truly brought the period alive for me.
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