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New Meetup: July Book Club - Frank Lloyd Wright Month

From: Torrie
Sent on: Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:21 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for One Drink Minimum Book Club of Princeton!

What: July Book Club - Frank Lloyd Wright Month

When: July 7,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: For July's book club, we are going to do something a little different. We are going to be reading two books based on the lives of the women in the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan and The Women by T.C. Boyle. Please feel free to read one or both books, though we will be discussing both at the meetup. Also note that due to a prior commitment on my part, this meeting will take place on the first TUESDAY of the month, instead of Wednesday.

Loving Frank
Horan's">Horan's ambitious first novel is a fictionalization of the life of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, best known as the woman who wrecked Frank Lloyd Wright's first marriage. Despite the title, this is not a romance, but a portrayal of an independent, educated woman at odds with the restrictions of the early 20th century. Frank and Mamah, both married and with children, met when Mamah's husband, Edwin, commissioned Frank to design a house. Their affair became the stuff of headlines when they left their families to live and travel together, going first to Germany, where Mamah found rewarding work doing scholarly translations of Swedish feminist Ellen Key's books. Frank and Mamah eventually settled in Wisconsin, where they were hounded by a scandal-hungry press, with tragic repercussions. Horan puts considerable effort into recreating Frank's vibrant, overwhelming personality, but her primary interest is in Mamah, who pursued her intellectual interests and love for Frank at great personal cost.

The Women
The genius of Frank Lloyd Wright was both magnetic and cruel, as evidenced by the succession of failed marriages and hot-blooded affairs depicted in this biographic reimagining that drills into Wright mythology and the dark shadows of the American dream. The narrative moves backwards in time through the accounts of four women in Wrights life: Olgivanna, the steely, grounded dancer from Montenegro; Miriam, the drug-addled narcissist from the South; Kitty, the devoted first wife; and Mamah, the beloved and murdered soul mate and intellectual companion. But the novels centerpiece is Taliesin, Wrights Oz-like Wisconsin home. The tragedies that befall Taliesin?fires, brutality?serve as proxy for Wrights inner turmoil; his deeper stirrings surface only occasionally from behind Boyles oft-overbearing depiction of Wrights women.

Learn more here:
http://bookclub.meetup.com/1505/calendar/10359672/

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