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Loving Frank : the scandalous love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mameh Cheney

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In the internationally bestselling vein of The Paris Wife and Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald this biographical novel is set in the early 1900s when polite Chicago society was rocked by terrible scandal when renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, ran off with Mamah Cheney, a client's wife.

Abandoning their families and reputations, the lovers fled to Europe and exile. Mamah's actions branded her an unnatural mother and society relished her persecution.

For the rest of her life Mamah paid an extraordinary price for moving outside society's rules, in a time that was unforgiving of a woman's quest for fulfilment and personal happiness. Headstrong and honest, her love for Frank was unstoppable. This portrait of her life as his muse and soulmate is a moving, passionate and timeless love story with a shocking conclusion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 199 x 29mm | 311g
  • Two Roads
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0340919442
  • 9780340919446
  • 24,936

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Loving Frank is one of those novels that takes over your life. It's mesmerizing and fascinating filled with complex characters, deep passions, tactile descriptions of astonishing architecture, and the colorful immediacy of daily life a hundred years ago all gathered into a story that unfolds with riveting urgency. Lauren Belfer, author of City of Light
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A novel of impressive scope and ambition * Washington Post * Enthralling * New York Times * Outstanding... Nancy Horan has found an untold tale of a famous couple that rocked society at the start of the last century, and she tells it with gut wrenching raw emotion that could not fail to stir even the hardest heart. * Daily Mail * Horan does an impressive job of rescuing Mamah from the footnotes of history . . . This compelling read sheds light on an ill-fated relationship from the foundations up * Independent * A riveting historical novel. * Seattle Post-Intelligencer * This graceful, assured first novel . . . is engrossing, provocative reading. * Scott Turow * Loving Frank is one of those novels that takes over your life. It's mesmerizing and fascinating filled with complex characters, deep passions, tactile descriptions of astonishing architecture, and the colorful immediacy of daily life a hundred years ago all gathered into a story that unfolds with riveting urgency. * Lauren Belfer, author of City of Light *
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About Nancy Horan

Nancy Horan is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications. Loving Frank is her first novel. She lived most of her life in Oak Park, IL - on the same street as the Cheney house - until her recent move to Puget Sound.Her latest novel Under the Wide and Starry Sky tells the story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny.
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84,966 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 23% (19,879)
4 40% (34,371)
3 26% (22,292)
2 8% (6,495)
1 2% (1,929)

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I heard about this book from American Book Clubs and it is an amazing story of Frank Lloyd Wright's affair with the wife of one of his clients...How could she leave her young children to go to Europe with him? Our Book Club discussed 'unnatural mothers' for write some time...This book should come with a warning to NOT GOOGLE anything about FLW or Mamah Cheney or it will spoil the story for you! These people lived, and it was written about in lurid headlines all across the U.S. A fantastic book to discuss at your next book club meeting!show more
by Maggie Swithenbank
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