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Loving Frank

(2007)
A novel by

 
 
I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.

So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.

In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America's greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney's profound influence on Wright.

Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan's Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah's is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel's stunning conclusion.

Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.


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Praise for this book

"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

"I admire this novel, adore this novel, for so many reasons: The intelligence and lyricism of the prose. The attention to period detail. The epic proportions of this most fascinating love story. Mamah Cheney has been in my head and heart and soul since reading this book; I doubt she'll ever leave." - Elizabeth Berg

"It takes great courage to write a novel about historical people, and in particular to give voice to someone as mythic as Frank Lloyd Wright. This beautifully written novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright's love affair is vivid and intelligent, unsentimental and compassionate." - Jane Hamilton

"This graceful, assured first novel tells the remarkable story of the long-lived affair between Frank Lloyd Wright, a passionate and impossible figure, and Mamah Cheney, a married woman whom Wright beguiled and led beyond the restraint of convention. It is engrossing, provocative reading." - Scott Turow


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August 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Loving Frank: A Novel
Author(s): Nancy Horan
ISBN: 0-345-49499-7 / 978-0-345-49499-3 (USA edition)
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August 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Loving Frank
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ISBN: 0-7393-2752-6 / 978-0-7393-2752-4 (USA edition)
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Loving Frank: the scandalous love affair between Mameh Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright
Author(s): Nancy Horan
ISBN: 0-340-91944-2 / 978-0-340-91944-6 (UK edition)
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Loving Frank
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ISBN: 0-340-96337-9 / 978-0-340-96337-1 (UK edition)
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April 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Loving Frank: A Novel
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2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Loving Frank a Novel
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Audio Editions

January 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Loving Frank
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February 2013 : USA Audio CD
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April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Loving Frank
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August 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Loving Frank (Cd) (Abr.)
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ISBN: 1-4233-3292-X / 978-1-4233-3292-3 (USA edition)
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August 2007 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Loving Frank(Cass)(Libr.)(Unabr.)
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ISBN: 1-4233-3285-7 / 978-1-4233-3285-5 (USA edition)
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August 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Loving Frank
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August 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Loving Frank(CD)(Libr.)(Unabr.)
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ISBN: 1-4233-3287-3 / 978-1-4233-3287-9 (USA edition)
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August 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Loving Frank
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August 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Loving Frank(MP3)(Unabr.)
Author(s): Nancy Horan
ISBN: 1-4233-3288-1 / 978-1-4233-3288-6 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Loving Frank (Random House Reader's Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition): A Novel
Author(s): Nancy Horan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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November 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Loving Frank: the scandalous love affair between Mameh Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright
Author(s): Nancy Horan
Publisher: Two Roads
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August 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Loving Frank: A Novel
Author(s): Nancy Horan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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