Since I read a lot, I’m hoping to do more of these book review style posts (in fact, I’ll have another coming up soon since I finishing Geek Love for Prose Hos, too), particularly over the summer when I can read things intended for people older than 14 and not in a huge brown Teacher Edition textbook.
When my book club selected Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan, for our book meeting in the month of May, I was not excited. I knew who Frank Lloyd Wright was; however, it seemed sort of lame to read a book about an architect. Woo! Anyways, I ordered it and reluctantly started in…and got hooked.
The book is actually very little about Frank Lloyd Wright himself, and more about Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a woman he had a relationship with. She is an incredibly strong woman who sacrifices herself to be with him, but ends up gaining a whole different idea of who she is and what it means to be in love. Her character is described (I think on the back of the book, as a matter of fact) as a sort of Everywoman, and as cliche and Freshman Year Lit Seminar as that description is, I find it to be accurate. Her story is incredibly compelling, and I think very relatable for most women. I don’t want to reveal too much; however, we spent a lot of time in our book group discussing what it means to be a woman, what it means to love someone and what we give up to be successful in love. It was a very emotional discussion at points, and an excellent one. Even if you read it on your own, I think it raises some excellent questions.
A tip: DO NOT GOOGLE HER IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE ENDING SPOILED. Just don’t do it.
Anyways, I’d give this book 5/5 stars or cupcakes or whatever it is you want to rate with. I really, really enjoyed it.
I know a few of you have read it: any suggestions, thoughts or feelings you want to share? Try not to spoil it, because I really think it’s worth reading…