24. Loving Frank (Nancy Horan)

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24. Loving Frank (Nancy Horan)

Post  Ren on Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:43 am

This novel is a fictionalization of the life of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, best known as the woman who wrecked Frank Lloyd Wright's first marriage. Despite the title, this is not a romance, but a portrayal of an independent, educated woman at odds with the restrictions of the early 20th century. Frank and Mamah, both married and with children, met when Mamah's husband, Edwin, commissioned Frank to design a house. Their affair became the stuff of headlines when they left their families to live and travel together, going first to Germany, where Mamah found rewarding work doing scholarly translations of Swedish feminist Ellen Key's books. Frank and Mamah eventually settled in Wisconsin where they were still unable to avoid the headlines...

Finished reading prior to a book group meeting ... August 30, 2009

Though fictionalized from the view point of Mamah, the book utilizes the framework of facts to build the story of the life they shared for a time... and the stunning way it concluded. Another Wisconsin tie....

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