By Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton’s most generally learn paintings is a tightly developed and nearly unbearably heartbreaking tale of forbidden love in a snowbound New England village.
This brilliantly wrought, tragic novella explores the repressed feelings and harmful passions of working-class humans some distance faraway from the increased social milieu frequently inhabited via Wharton’s characters.
Ethan Frome is a negative farmer, trapped in a wedding to a challenging and controlling spouse, Zeena. while Zeena’s younger cousin Mattie enters their family she opens a window of desire in Ethan’s bleak existence, yet his wife’s response activates a determined try to get away destiny that is going horribly wrong.
Ethan Frome is an unforgettable tale with the strength of fable, that includes lifelike and haunting characters as vibrant as any Wharton ever conjured.
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