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The women : a novel
T. C. Boyle
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Summary: A dazzling novel of Frank Lloyd Wright, told from the point of view of the women in his life Having brought to life eccentric cereal king John Harvey Kellogg in The Road to Wellville and sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in The Inner Circle , T.C. Boyle now turns his fictional sights on an even more colorful and outlandish character: Frank Lloyd Wright. Boyle's account of Wright's life, as told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, blazes with his trademark wit and invention. Wright's life was one long howling struggle against the bonds of convention, whether aesthetic, social, moral, or romantic. He never did what was expected and despite the overblown scandals surrounding his amours and very public divorces and the financial disarray that dogged him throughout his career, he never let anything get in the way of his larger-than-life appetites and visions. Wright's triumphs and defeats were always tied to the women he loved: the Montenegrin beauty Olgivanna Milanoff; the passionate Southern belle Maud Miriam Noel; the spirited Mamah Cheney, tragically killed; and his young first wife, Kitty Tobin. In The Women , T.C. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.


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main characters Frank Lloyd Wright
Male
Divorced
Struggled against convention; never did what was expected; never let anything get in the way of his visions; left his first wife, Kitty, behind in the states while he moved to Europe with his lover, Mamah; returned to the States to build his dream home Taliesan; his lover was murdered; married twice more.
Architect

Kitty Tobin
Female
Married
Frank's first wife; daughter of a wealthy businessman; had six children with Frank; refused to grant Frank a divorce even though she knew he was unfaithful to her.
Homemaker

Miriam Noel
Female
Divorced
Frank's second wife; addicted to morphine.

Olgivanna Hinzenburg
Female
European
Frank's third wife.
Ballerina



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