The epic love story of Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright, a New York Times bestseller and Richard & Judy pick.

 

‘Horan does an impressive job of rescuing Mamah from the footnotes of history . . . This compelling read sheds light on an ill-fated relationship from the foundations up.’

Independent

‘A transporting drama… Truly artful fiction.’

New York Times

 

In the early 1900s polite Chicago society was rocked by terrible scandal as renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, ran off with Mamah Cheney, a client’s wife. Abandoning their families and reputations, the lovers fled to Europe and exile. Mamah’s actions branded her an unnatural mother and society relished her persecution.

For the rest of her life Mamah paid an extraordinary price for moving outside society’s rules, in a time that was unforgiving of a woman’s quest for fulfilment and personal happiness. Headstrong and honest, her love for Frank was unstoppable. This portrait of her life as his muse and soulmate is a moving, passionate and timeless love story.

 

Mamah Cheney Frank Lloyd Wright Nancy Horan Loving Frank

Praise for Loving Frank

‘Horan does an impressive job of rescuing Mamah from the footnotes of history . . . This compelling read sheds light on an ill-fated relationship from the foundations up.’

Independent

‘A transporting drama… Truly artful fiction.’

New York Times

‘[Nancy Horan] does well to avoid serving up a bodice-ripper for the smart set. … She succeeds in conveying the emotional center of her protagonist, whom she paints as a protofeminist, an educated woman fettered by the role of bourgeois matriarch.’

New Yorker

‘Horan’s nuanced evocation of these flawed human beings plays beautifully against the lurid facts of their situation. As in the best historical fiction, she finds both the truth and the heart of her story.’

Los Angeles Times 

‘Enthralling.’

New York Times Book Review

‘A novel of impressive scope and ambition.’

Washington Post

Masterful.

People

‘This gripping historical novel offers new insight into the mind of an American icon through the woman he loved.’

Parade

‘This graceful, assured first novel . . . is engrossing, provocative reading.’

Scott Turow

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, author of City of Light

 

 

Nancy Horan is the author of two novels, Loving Frank and Under the Wide and Starry Sky, the story of the tempestuous relationship between Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife Fanny. She lives and writes on an island near Seattle.

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Frank around the world

Nancy Horan’s book has been translated all over the world. Take a look below to see some of the international covers for the novel.

Nancy Horan Loving Frank

US edition

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French edition

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French paperback edition

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German edition

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Italian edition

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Spanish edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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