The Wright Thing
Sarah L. Courteau
by T.C. Boyle
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T. C. Boyle is getting in touch with his feminine side. His last novel, Talk Talk (2006), was his first to feature a woman in a leading role. The Women, which clearly announces his intention to again focus on the fairer sex, is a lushly complex saga of the wives and lovers who trailed, like geese flying in formation, behind Frank Lloyd Wright.
The fabled architect makes a tempting subject for fiction. Early last century, when the long nose of the law reached into people’s bedrooms, his personal life regularly made headlines. In the 2007 novel Loving Frank, Nancy Horan imagined the affair between Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the wife of a client, as a rather too high-minded romance. Though Boyle hews to roughly the same set of facts, his profoundly flawed characters are convincing—and a lot more fun to read
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