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Nancy Horan      

Author of "Loving Frank,"

First time novelist Nancy Horan is the author of "Loving Frank," one of the best reviewed, most talked-about bestselling books of 2007. A historical novel about world-acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, "Loving Frank" delves into the front-page scandal that destroyed the woman he loved and almost ended in his own personal and professional ruin.

A long-time Oak Park, Illinois resident, Horan was intrigued by the story of the relationship between Wright and Mamah Cheney, the wife of a client. Once drawn into the world of the conflicted lovers, the junior high school English teacher and longtime public relations writer set out to uncover what she could about the little-known woman at the center of this scandalous affair.

Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Her journey is an unforgettable one, marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility that ultimately lead to the novel’s stunning conclusion.

This incredible story deals with the timeless themes of creativity, ego, the role of women in society, the beginnings of feminism, and race—all themes which resonate today and stimulate spirited discussion among audiences. Horan has established her credentials as a serious author and created an audience already anticipating her next book. "I never achieved any great heights with my writing before," she says. "I was always working with somebody else's materials, but this book is entirely mine. It is an expression of who I am and practically everything I know."


Loving Frank


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Finding Truth Among The Facts


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