Horan takes on an ambitious subject
for her first novel and carries it off with aplomb.
Frank Lloyd Wright, possibly America's best known
architect, responsible for invigorating and shaping
the field of design for over half a century, lived a
long and controversial life, dying in 1959 at the
age of 91 having married three times and fathered
seven children, adopting an eighth.
Horan focuses on a tiny chunk of his life, his years with Mamah Borthwick Cheney (pronounced may-muh). Mamah has gone done in history as the woman who destroyed Wright's first marriage but, in Horan's hands, she is shown to be quite different to the one-dimensional 'vampire' portrayed in the newspaper headlines of the day. Extrapolating from the relatively few facts...
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