Monday, February 9, 2009

Wherein Andrea's staff pick is upstaged by my obsession with books about Frank Lloyd Wright

Andrea, the other half of our UBC team, recommends T. C. Boyle's Talk Talk this month, calling it "a fascinating glimpse into the snarly issue of identity theft. Boyle never fails to be provocative and entertaining, and to impress with his use of language."

I thought it especially appropriate to highlight her pick today as his new book The Women comes out tomorrow. In the New York Times Joanna Scott was full of praise and called it "Boyle at his best" while Michiko Kakutani described it as "dreary" and "a tedious, predictable melodrama." Yipes! I found it a bit odd, actually, that, neither made reference to Loving Frank, Nancy Horan's novel from 2007 in their reviews as it also is a historical fiction based on Frank Lloyd Wright's personal life--though Howard Frank Mosher does in his review in the Boston Globe.

My favorite part of his review, though, is the beginning when he says he would never want to live in a Wright house because they look uncomfortable. This is because I spent a good amount of time in a Wright house growing up (my Great-Aunt Sara and Great-Uncle Smithy built it. You can see pictures here and here and here). As a small child I adored it--it was cozy and beautiful. But my mom, who is 5'11, said she always felt like a huge galumphing giant whenever we were there. I do miss it though I wonder if I would feel more like her now that I'm a lot bigger than I was at 10.


sallybranwyn said...

Is that Bloomfield Hills, MI? I grew up around there and went to high school there, too!

Lori said...

Yes, it is Bloomfield Hills! That's so cool!

(I grew up in Detroit (the actual city) and as a result went to private schools. I actually graduated from Cranbrook, just down the road!)