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Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome

The setting for this piercing New England novel is the aptly named Starkfield, where, despite violently blue skies, the chill of cold and snow seems also to settle inside the hearts of the people who live there. Tethered to his farm, first by helpless parents, later by his querulous, hypochondriac wife Zeena, Ethan Frome ekes out a bare subsistence. Then Zeena’s cousin, the impoverished, enchanting Mattie Silver comes to work for them, and, in Mattie, Ethan’s hopes and dreams are rekindled. Yet theirs is a forbidden love, hemmed in by Zeena’s presence. The impossible intensity in which the three exist has devastating consequences…
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 26th April 2007

Price: £9

ISBN-13: 9781844083527

Reviews

Edith Wharton is unique in the intimacy and sureness, not to mention the virile and satiric tone, with which she investigates this narrow and declining society
TLS
Wharton's prose, with its menacing images of death and darkness, is superb. First published in 1911, it remains a hauntingly stark masterpiece
IRISH TIMES