Title: “Loving Frank: a Novel”
Author: Nancy Horan
The author of “Loving Frank,” Nancy Horan, is a former journalist who once lived in
Story Summary: Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect who practiced his art for 70 years in the 20th Century, has wielded enormous influence in the world of design. His philosophy was to incorporate buildings as a part of, rather than in opposition to, the natural landscape. He established centers for learning for architectural students in
Wisconsin and . Arizona
His personal life, however, was rift with tragedy and strife. This historical/biographical novel focuses on his relationship with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, his mistress—a relationship that destroyed both of their marriages and defied all the mores of the early 20th Century. A relationship that terminated in her murder and the destruction of the original Taliesin, his home and center for architectural students.
The story is a compelling read that, at the same time, supplies the reader with a wealth of information about 20th Century architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright and his work. For those who have interest in a more detailed account of his work, I suggest “The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship.”
Reviewed by Victoria Ceretto-Slotto http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/