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Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy HoranLoving-Frank

From Amazon.com: I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly . . . . Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan’s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah’s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel’s stunning conclusion.

I think I got this book randomly from Paperback Swap on a whim one day. It has been sitting on my shelf for a while, I’m sure. I enjoyed it. It lost me a little in the middle with page after page of construction and conversations, but overall I really enjoyed the book. Everything felt very real, even though it was mostly dreamed-up by Horan working with a few facts and known sources.

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