Monday, September 5, 2011

"Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan

"Loving Frank" is the romantically tragic story of the love affair of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney. This historic-fictional portrayal of these two eccentric lovers that ends in lives lost and families ruined is one that the reader almost instantly connects and becomes enthralled with. Frank and Mamah fall instantly in love upon meeting. At first, they do not acknowledge their love, but within a short time, they become lovers and eventually decide that it is time to leave their families. Both characters are extremely intelligent, yet they are unable to realize the pain and suffering that they are causing so many others.

Mamah writes:
"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."

She then plunges in, swimming against the current of the time. This was a time when women were mothers, wives, homemakers. They were not professionals, and definitely not lovers of married men, especially if they themselves were married. She finds that she is not fully capable of swimming against this current and attempts to get out of the water. Unfortunately, she is unable to leave Frank. She loves him and his lifestyle too much. She is ultimately unable to fight the current and ends in a desperately tragic situation that she cannot overcome.

This true tale ends tragically for Mamah, Frank, their friends, and most of all the families that have been destroyed through the selfish acts of these two lovers.

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