Thursday, March 18, 2010
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
While this novel is labeled as historical fiction, it is the mostly true story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the woman who lived with Frank Lloyd Wright for several years without the benefit of marriage. Mamah and her husband Edwin hired Frank Lloyd Wright to build a house for them, and during the building process, Frank and Mamah fell in love. Mamah was a very well educated, independent woman, even by today's standards, but especially for her times. While she was eventually able to divorce Edwin, Frank's wife would not agree to a divorce. Mamah and Frank went to Europe together, and when they returned to the US, Frank bought property in Wisconsin and built a home for himself and Mamah. I knew very little of the personal life of Frank Lloyd Wright, and I had never heard of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, so I found it to be an interesting story. I rate the book 3 out of 5. It is my 5th book for the New Authors Challenge.