FROM THE PUBLISHER
Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome tells the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and her cousin, the enchanting Mattie Silver. In the playing out of this short novel's powerful and engrossing drama, Edith Wharton constructed her least characteristic and most celebrated book. In its unyielding and shocking pessimism, its bleak demonstration of tragic waste, it is a masterpiece of psychological and emotional realism. In her introduction the distinguished critic Elaine Showalter discusses the background to the novel's composition and the reasons for its enduring success.
The Anerican classic tells of a great love shadowed by tragedy in a New England village; a gripping story.
Published in 1911 this book is widely regarded as Whatron's most revealing novel and her finest achievement in fiction.
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a novella with excellent character development, smooth, descriptive language, and realistic dialogue. I was sympathetic towards the protagonist Ethan until the very end, when the "mashup" happened. Then my feelings towards him, his love interest Mattie, and his wife Zeena turned to pity. This story reminds me how much our society has changed, socially, in the last 150 years.
In this classic by Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome is a poor New England farmer tending to his sickly wife. Her cousin Mattie comes to help and Ethan falls for the gentle Mattie.
Although I like Edith Wharton's books, this one did not really grab me. Although, the ending was really a surprise.
My mom read this book in Speed Reading Class in the 1960's. It made such an impression on her that forty years later she still remembered it and wanted to read it again. I found it for her here. It's definitely a classic, a romance, a drama and a tragedy, and it's worth the read. I'm surprised it wasn't part of the required reading for any of my high school or college classes. It definitely is more interesting than many of those books were. Great read in a single sitting, not that you'd be able to put it down anyway.