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The Women by T.C. Boyle
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Apr 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historicalfiction
Recommended to K by: Mintzis

This book gets four stars just for its depiction of Frank Lloyd Wright's second wife, Miriam. Talk about an unforgettable character! Yes, she was over the top, but what fun she was to read about!

The rest of the book may not have deserved the full four stars, but it was a definite three. This fictionalization of the women Frank Lloyd Wright loved worked backward from his third wife Olgivanna to his second wife Miriam to his mistress Mamah and his first wife Kitty. The story is told by a Japanese student of Frank's, who appears in occasional uninteresting interludes between women and intrudes frequently during the telling with largely unnecessary footnotes, which I mostly ignored because they took me out of the story and didn't add much. Despite these drawbacks, the story itself was readable and engaging even though I know nothing about architecture or Frank Lloyd Wright and have never been particularly interested.
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