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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
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Apr 22, 09

Read in April, 2009

This book suffers because I've just read too many books in the past weeks I think. I found the hothouse societal atmosphere well delineated, and admire the way Horan depicts how stifled Mamah feels, particularly in the beginning of the book, and I feel like Horan did a good job making that stifling more understandable to the modern reader in a way that writers of the era (Wharton for instance) can't do - not through a failing, but just because they weren't writing to us, they were writing to their contemporaries. That said, I couldn't muster up a lot of enthusiasm for this book - I found myself making lots of excuses NOT to pick it back up, and that is always a bad sign. Good for teens and adults with an interest in the arts, architecture, and quality historical fiction.
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