Title: Loving Frank
Author: Nancy Horan
Page Count: 362 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Tone: Moody, Romantic, Character-Driven
Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, their marriage to another, and the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points if you have not read the book.
Questions composed by MPPL Staff
1. Did you know what the outcome of the book would be when you began reading. How did that affect your feelings about the book as you read it?
2. Did you find Mamah to be a sympathetic character? Did you understand why she made the choices she did? What did you like or not like about her?
3. Did you find Frank Lloyd Wright to be a sympathetic character? Did you understand why he made the choices he did? What did you like or not like about him?
4. Do you think Wright was a genius? What do you think about his belief that he could not be expected to live like a “common man.” What role do you think Mamah played, if any, in his work?
5. Did the book make you believe Frank and Mamah’s love was true. Do you think if not for the tragedy at the end they would have stayed together for life? Were Frank and Mamah a good fit for one another?
6. What did you feel about Mamah’s husband Edwin and Frank’s wife Catherine? Did you want them to behave differently than they did?
7. Have you been to any of Wright’s houses? What did you experience? Did you know about the events described in this book and how did that or might that influence your feelings toward Frank Lloyd Wright houses?
8. What did you think of the relationship between Ellen Keys and Mamah? Do you think it paralleled the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah? What did you learn about the role of women in the early 1900s that surprised you?
9. Frank Lloyd Wright married two more times after Mamah died. Does this surprise you? How were his wives similar? How were they different?
10. Do you think it was good that Horan followed so close to the actual facts? Should she have embellished more? Would that have made a better story?
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