The Harlequin Frank Lloyd Wright

We’ve been waiting a long time for a romance novel to come around featuring a strapping, shirt-torn, long-haired Frank Lloyd Wright on the cover, but it looks like we’re going to have to continue to hold our collective breathes. In the interim, we’ll settle for Nancy Horan’s much-recently-discussed, released-today historical novel, Loving Frank, a semi-fictitious take on the famous architect abandoning his family to run off with Mamah Borthwick Cheney in 1909. And while it sounds like the book does take some liberties, all the info therein has been taken from autobiographies, letters, newspaper accounts, etc. So you could do a lot worse. Plus, it’s getting some good reviews. Here’s some from the NY Times:

The first great mystery in this story is what made Frank and Mamah sever their family ties. To its credit Loving Frank humanizes its main characters so successfully that this seems no mystery at all. But the second question has to do with trouble in paradise, and it is more complex. After their sojourn in Europe they settled in Wisconsin, where Frank designed his legendary prairie house Taliesin as their new home. It was an exercise in optimism that nearly destroyed them both. (William R. Drennan‘s recent Death in a Prairie House offers a more detailed factual account of what transpired.)