The Women

The Women

by T. C. Boyle
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The Women by T. C. Boyle

A “riveting” (Wall Street Journal) portrait of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the women in his life – 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143116479
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 553,196
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

T.C. Boyle is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the late 1970s, he has published sixteen novels, most recently The Terranauts and The Harder They Come, and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his novel World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995; his 2003 novel Drop City was a finalist for the National Book Award. His honors include the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing, and the Rea Award for the Short Story.  He is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara.

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Women 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
jblickman More than 1 year ago
This is my first TC Boyle book but it wont be my last. I saw the movie ¿Road to Wellville¿ and was not impressed but I am now interested in reading the book. I was lead to the ¿The Woman¿ after reading the excellent ¿Loving Frank.¿ Prior to this I did not know much about Frank Lloyd Wright other than he was a famous architect, and I had no idea about his interesting love life. Both books are really about the women in his life. ¿Loving Frank¿ is really about irrepressible and unconventional Mamah Cheney, but ¿The Women¿ is Mr. Wright brought to life through the eyes of the four woman who love him: Olgivanna Milanoff; Maud Miriam Noel, Mamah Cheney, and his first wife, Kitty Tobin. Wright is a bigger than life figure who¿s story today is just as fascinating as it was back in the first half of the 20th century. One of the original modern celebrities, but unlike most of today¿s fakers this man had real talent. The heart of this story though his Boyle¿s writing and how he brings these unconventional characters to life. You can tell he has done his research and knows his subject, but with his fiction he brings these people to life in away that dry nonfiction can never do. Boyle creates living breathing characters from the historical record and takes us inside their minds. How can he really know these peoples inner most thoughts? This does not really matter for the truth of what he has created jumps off the page. Sometimes fiction does a better job of revealing truth than historical facts. I look forward to reading Boyle¿s earlier works! For more excellent historical fiction do try Misfits Country Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable brought to life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thesis style writing with footnotes was bothersome. Not much insight on the heart and soul of Frank himself. Slow beginning but did pick up toward the end at which point I was very interested. (However, I was not particularly drawn to the book).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had trouble keeping my attention. The author wrote long, and unnecessary descriptions of almost everything and it seemed to be more of a screenplay than a novel (leave some things up to the reader's imagination, please!). I certainly don't expect simple language in a novel, but does a reader need a thesaurus to get through a book just so the author can sound sophisticated? Not a favorite.
Mariposa More than 1 year ago
I thought the information provided about Frank Lloyd Wright was interesting to say the least, but the way the story was put together didn't work for me. The sequencing of events was confusing/annoying. I pushed myself to finish the book. I think I would have preferred a non-fiction account.
PhotoLily More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I've read. I only finished it because of the hype when it first came out (I figured it had to get better). Dull read and uninspired writting; sorry I spent money on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As somewhat of a scholar on Frank Lloyd Wright, I find the book enjoyable as the author fictionalizes the relationships between Wright and three women in his life. Because it weaves together reality with fantasy, I recommend it with the caveat that the reader understands this genre of writing.
NancyT More than 1 year ago
It's kind of a rip off on Loving Frank, the book about Mammah and FLW. I agree with one of the other reviewers that this book is hard to follow as it jumps from woman to woman and back to woman to woman. It is also hard to tell who is telling the story. If you think you want to read this, check it out at the library, save your money. And if you like FLW, you must read Loving Frank.
Pewaukeepen More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book from the first few paragraphs. The connection between "Frank" and each of these ladies amazes me. Could you find more opposing personalities? Can you believe that anyone could survive all the drama and unpaid bills and come out of it with his "great" reputation? It is my first T.C. Boyle book. It won't be the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really interested in this book both from a recomendation based on an NPR interview and the fact that I am interested in the designs of Wright's. I am sorry that I purchased this book. The style is hard to follow. I have not even finished it because it did not keep my attention. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were not in the semi-biographical style with the footnotes. I wish that I had just borrowed it from the library were I could have returned it.
skb More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's because I bought this in audiobook form, but I was very disappointed the way the book was written. I thought something monumental was going to happen and that's why the story started "backward." It also tended to go off on a tangent with a character's background history to the point where I thought "Huh, what's going on? Did I miss something?" I think the editor was asleep on this project too. Though I had to finish it, I thought the book dreary and uninteresting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read but a bit confusing..the author wrote in reverse chronology. He did not give equal time to each wife/lover. He gave a good sense of what it must have been like to live at Taliesin. There are a lot of facts used in the novel as well as the author's keen imagination. However, I found that I had to push myself to complete the book.
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It kept my attention and made me read more. Good job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought it for my wife for Christmas. She is a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan. She says it gives a different perspective than "Loving Frank" which was just from the point of view of one of his wives/lovers.
StacieRosePittard More than 1 year ago
Not a very good book. It lacked a point, and I felt as if nothing happened through the entire thing. I don't particularly care for the fact that this is a piece of fiction based on real people. The author took too much creative license, and still couldn't come up with an interesting story. You may be better off simply reading a biography of FLW. The biggest gripe I have over this book, is the fact that it follows Wright's relationship between four different women. While I admire the author's attempt at creating four women with four different personalities (although only one of their personalities was distinct), the story was the same between all of them. The same circumstances, the same tone, the same turn of events. It got old really fast. Only one of the women had an interesting outcome, but you don't get to that until the very end. Not worth the time, and this is one of the few books I regret reading.
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I had no idea what a controversial life Frank Lloyd Wright led. He was a man of juxtapositions and controversy. The book belabored certain qualities of his personality, but it was interesting none the less.
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