Wednesday April 12, 2017
Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (for Museum members)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.
So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright.
Led by Jim Barganier and Alice Novak
Lunch: Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Seasonal Berries, and Feta with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Cookie
To reserve lunch from Cafe M, contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365, firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment must be received by 10 A.M. the Friday before the book club meets. This special program is for members only. Visit the membership page to learn more.