wow...i...uh...i am sort of bewildered after finishing loving frank. a tragedy to be sure, but maybe not for the reasons i originally thought. it seems as though it would be easy to judge mamah for leaving her children, but as with many things in life, it's not as clear cut as that.
I was alternatively annoyed and then sympathetic with mamah. to be trite, she wanted to have her cake and eat it, too. part of me could hardly blame her, yet it was troublesome to me that everything she achieved was at the expense of her family, esp. her children. unfortunately for her, and ultimately her children, she was way ahead of her time.
at one point, her husband edwin tells her that everything is an abstract to her, including her children. for me, that comment was spot on.
did i enjoy "loving frank"? no. but it was a great, compelling read.