SEVEN CIRCUMSTANCES

Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan

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It’s hard to be sympathetic towards the main character of this novel, Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the lover of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. (Apart from this unpronounceable name, Mamah, which sticks skew in your head every time you read it.) Looking at this, as with any historical novel, you have to consider the balance of historical, realistic accuracy and invented history and fantasy – the degree of literary license, if you will. This novel would seem to err on the side of accuracy – it is highly accurate, but the element of reimagining or interpretation is so low that it is a bit mundane. (Continue reading…)

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