A remarkable story! A heartbreaking tale, filled with a wealth of historical facts, but all wrapped around the author's mother's one true and undying...moreA remarkable story! A heartbreaking tale, filled with a wealth of historical facts, but all wrapped around the author's mother's one true and undying love, a man whom the author actually brings back to life from the buried ruins of her mother's soul. Although over 450 pages, you won't be able to stop reading.(less)
I enjoyed reading this book primarily because I had done some preliminary research about Mamah Borthwick. So I knew what was to come, and I was curio...more I enjoyed reading this book primarily because I had done some preliminary research about Mamah Borthwick. So I knew what was to come, and I was curious as to how Nancy Horan would deal with it. Generally, I’m not a fan of “historical fiction” because it’s either fiction OR history (reality-based). Pick one! Did it happen or didn't it happen? What part did you make up? Had I not known of the tragedy that was to occur, I may have felt like I was being dragged through this book by my hair. Both characters, Frank and Mamah, didn’t appear to be that exciting. Though the writing is nicely done, and I think I learned a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright, I question the glorification of two married adults who could give up their parental responsibilities, particularly with eight children on the line. As my mum would say, “If you want to be a free intellectual, a philosopher, think about that before you say ‘I Do’ and drop your drawers!” Making your children, your spouse suffer for selfish reasons is not an endearing quality, particularly since, in this case, both marriages didn’t appear to be that terrible. Had the marriages been truly awful, perhaps divorces would have been sought prior to having affairs. As far as Mamah is concerned, she went from being a legitimate housewife to being an illegitimate housewife (who translates on the side). Excuse me, am I missing something? On top of that, Mamah’s feminist philosophy hadn’t even been drawn out until she met feminist Ellen Key while on the road with Frank after abandoning her family. What a slap in the face when Ms. Key writes in an essay that Mamah is translating, The Misuse of Women's Strength, that "women's energy should be used for child rearing," "motherhood is women's legitimate work," and that by working in the private sector women were abandoning their posts as shapers of the human race! Ha! I would have liked this book a little more if it had elaborated on each characters’ feelings after the event. Frank immediately rebuilding Taliesin??? Edwin going back to his new wife with two coffins. Gertrude’s feelings after the event? What ever happened to her? Did she know her husband had anger management issues? What about those who recommended Gertrude and Julian? I can tell you that after reading this, I’ve been inspired to go and visit some Frank Lloyd Wright properties. He was certainly a gifted architect. So sad that Taliesin is haunted by such a tragedy, but I suppose the true tragedy is that both Frank and Mamah found their soul mates a little too late. (less)
It's terrifying to think that a simple act, a quick, stupid reaction, could cause irreparable damage, even death. How would any of us react if we acci...moreIt's terrifying to think that a simple act, a quick, stupid reaction, could cause irreparable damage, even death. How would any of us react if we accidentally killed a person? It's something that no normal human being could ever want to experience. And so we live through the main character, who, with one swift jolt of the steering wheel, manages to end a young life, with another young life, the main character's young daughter, in the back seat. It's hard to put this book down because the premise is so frightening.
Allison's smooth and lucid writing, goes down like a Grand Marnier; but the alcohol burns your throat and leaves a scar on your heart. Well done.(less)
Interesting look at Saudi royal values but the book is a mess from beginning to end. Did the manuscript really go to anyone in the Editorial Departmen...moreInteresting look at Saudi royal values but the book is a mess from beginning to end. Did the manuscript really go to anyone in the Editorial Department??? Really?(less)