Loving Frank

Hands down, this is the best work of fiction I have read in a long time. It’s intelligent, articulate, historically accurate, sentimental, and elegantly written. Loving Frank is a portrait of Mamah Borthwick Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright. Mamah began as a client of Wright’s and eventually became his muse. This novel is the story of what lay between: betrayal of two families in the name of true love; the rise of  Modernism and feminism in Germany and Europe; how both movements affected Mamah and Frank; and, in turn how that shaped his vision and influenced his craft for the rest of his career

This novel is about Mamah and less so about Frank. Mamah is a woman at odds with the restrictions of the early 20th Century. She pursued her own intellectual interests and her love for Frank at great personal cost. The conclusion of the book is tragic and unnerving but a clear window into the sheer force that was Frank Lloyd Wright.

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