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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Wow.  I put off reading this, though I picked it up about ten times.  I finally bought the audio cd version, as it was on clearance at my store.  This was incredible, and I think the audio version made it even better.

I knew nothing about Frank Lloyd Wright, other than he was an architect.  I have seen one of his homes at Dow Gardens, in Midland, MI, which was incredible, but knew nothing about him as a man.

This book focuses on his life with his mistress, Mamah (pronounced May mah).  He meets her while working with her and her husband on their home and other projects.  In the process of discussing the house, Mamah and Frank start to talk about everything else, everything that moves them, everything they love, and falling in love soon follows.  HE is married with 6 children, though unhappy in his marriage, and more focused on work than his children.  She is married with children as well, but doesn’t seem to be able to find her way in life, until she meets Frank.  He gives her life, he makes her see what she can do and what she can be, by believing in herself, him and them.

I won’t delve into their lives too much, but it was wonderful to hear.  This is a fictional account of their lives, however it is based on true events.  The ending was such a shocker, and I bawled my eyes out.  It was at this point that I googled Frank Lloyd Wright to find out if it was true, and it was.  I was so moved – by the whole story.  What I would give to go back in time and see it for myself.  It is so interesting to read about past events, where divorce and affairs are put on the front page of the paper, whereas today, it almost seems normal.  I will say that Frank and Mamah were very obviously very much in love, and built a life that they loved together.

I highly recommend this book, and as I have stated, absolutely adored the audio version.  I spent quite a bit of time in my car, sitting in my driveway, not willing to leave the car before I heard the end of a scene.