Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan

“Loving Frank” is the story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the mistress of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It takes place between 1907 and 1914 – the period of time in which Mamah and Frank carried on their affair. I honestly didn’t know much about Wright going into the novel and knew nothing of Mamah. Still it was a fascinating read.

It all starts when Mamah and her husband Edwin hire Frank to design a home for them. Soon Mamah and Frank are swept up in an intense love affair that completely changes both their lives. The story is at times painful, at times beautiful, at times joyful but always keeps you longing for more. 

I thoroughly enjoyed it, all the way to its breathtaking twist at the end. I found it all the more intriguing knowing it was a true story. While I didn’t agree with Mamah’s choices, she was an endearing character. Horan writes her with much complexity, allowing the reader to empathize and identify with her.

Definitely a book worth reading.


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