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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
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Mar 10, 2010

it was amazing
Read in March, 2010

Loving the Excellent Writing
This remarkable work of fiction is well worth reading for many reasons. First and foremost, it is extremely well written and very well crafted. Author, Nancy Horan, a resident of Oak Park, Illinois, spent seven years researching the material and it shows through her storytelling. Piecing together recorded history with her imagination and clear love-of-the-subject, this is one of the best books I've experienced in a long time.

My initial interest in Frank Lloyd Wright, the man, was sparked by a childhood spent in the western suburbs of Chicago, including a stint in Oak Park, where Wright's studio remains. I can therefore appreciate the author's fascination with the reason for Wright's departure from Oak Park. She does not sugarcoat the subjects. Both Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover/mistress, Mamah Borthwick Cheney, are not entirely likeable characters. On the contrary. They are, nevertheless, as fascinating today as they were as the subjects of the sensational newspaper articles that appeared about them in the early Twentieth Century when they abandoned their spouses and children in order to pursue a life together.

Highly recommended for those interested in historical fiction, architecture, the women's suffrage movement, and, of course, anything about Frank Lloyd Wright. It's a real eye-opener, filled with drama, reality and tragedy.

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