Loving Frank is the story of the world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright told from the perspective of his mistress, Mamah Borthwick. Both married with children, Frank and Mamah spend most of their adult lives fighting for their love and defying the odds. Little is known about Mamah Borthwick, however, Nancy Horan, does an outstanding job of telling her story and emphasizing her influence on Frank Lloyd Wright and his work. Horan goes into detail about the struggles women faced in the early 1900's. Women were expected to marry and raise families, not to be intellectuals.
Frank and Mamah's lives weren't glamorous but they had each other and that was enough.
Loving Frank is a beautiful mix of fact and fiction, trials, romance and the extent two people will go to to find true love.
1. Do you think Mamah was right to leave Edwin? Was she being selfish to put her own happiness first?
2. Is Frank Lloyd Wright an admirable figure in this novel? Would it change your opinion of him to know that he married twice more in his life?
3. Ellen Key, the Swedish feminist, states at one point, "The very legitimate right of a free love can never be acceptable if it is enjoyed at the expense of maternal love." Do you agree? Why or why not?
4. How is Mamah's story relevant to the women of today?
5. Why do you think Horan gave the book the title of "Loving Frank"? Does this title go against the feminine message of the novel?