The Women: A Novel

From “America’s most imaginative contemporary novelist” (Newsweek), a novel of Frank Lloyd Wright and 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 incomparable account of Wright’s life is told through the experiences of the four women who loved him. There’s the Montenegrin beauty Olgivanna Milanoff, the passionate Southern belle Maude Miriam Noel, the tragic Mamah Cheney, and his young first wife, Kitty Tobin. Blazing with his trademark wit and inventiveness, Boyle deftly captures these very different women and the creative life in all its complexity.

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  1. “She was Frank Lloyd Wright’s love and all the world knew it.” Frank Lloyd Wright’s turbulently scandalous love life is novelized with flamboyant style by T. C. Boyle in . As a literary device, Boyle invents a Japanese apprentice of Wright’s, Sato Tadashi, who “slaved” at Taliesin in the 1930s. Tadashi acts as a host to guide readers into Wright’s complicated, overlapping relations with three wives and a mistress. Writing from Japan in 1979, Tadashi introduces and…

  2. Must Like Harlequin Romances More than 20 years ago, I read MANY MASKS, a biography of Frank Lloyd Wright by Brendan Gill, who was then a critic with THE NEW YORKER. This biography was an excellent chronological presentation of Wright and his achievements. But it never quite brought Wright to life. In contrast, THE WOMEN, T.C. Boyle’s examination of Wright, certainly captures this famous architect as a character, who appears in this novel as charismatic, manipulative, narcissistic, scheming, and oddly susceptible to three…

  3. Intriguing Female Characters “The Women” is less about Frank Lloyd Wright and his work and his life than it is about the three very different women with whom he spent his life after he left his first wife and the mother of his first six children. 

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