Horan's debut is an epic novelization of the life of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the extramarital love of his life. The writing is beautiful and the characters are brimming with life and vitality. This novel is to be savored.
In the early 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright designs a home
for Edwin and Mamah Cheney. As
the Wrights and Cheneys begin seeing each other socially, Mamah and Frank develop an attraction that blooms into
a long-term, globe-spanning affair.
After a sojourn in Europe, Mamah and Frank return to the U.S. and move to Wisconsin. Mamah divorces Edwin and sees her young children infrequently, but Frank can't obtain a divorce from his wife, who worries about money to support their six children.
Frank and Mamah's lengthy affair is not without many more complications. Frank's overspending, coupled with unfavorable press, often puts a strain on their relationship. Yet Mamah stands by him faithfully until her untimely tragic death. (Ballantine, Aug., 368 pp., $23.95)