Loving Frank – It’s What We’re Reading

July 2012

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Loving Frank
Loving Frank
Nancy Horan

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan is a fictionalized version of the true story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s a fascinating look into the life and idiosyncratic personality of one of America’s most famous architects, credited with fathering the Prairie School movement, and his scandalous affair with Mamah, a creative intellectual woman fettered by the conventions of her time. Both married when they met, their relationship damned them in the eyes of their world with Mamah suffering the brunt of the notoriety while at the same time gaining some new intellectual freedom. Just as the publicity maelstrom abated and they begin to achieve some acceptance as a couple, tragedy struck and the book’s ending is shocking for those not familiar with their true history. Mamah and Frank are conflicted people who provoke conflicting emotions in readers.

This book is on order and will soon be available in the Popular Reading Collection on the first floor of the Drexel Library.