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Ethan Frome (Signet Classics)

 
 
 
 
Ethan Frome (Signet Classics)
Author: Edith Wharton
ISBN 13: 9780451531315
ISBN 10: 451531310
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: 2009-06-02
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $5.95
 
 

Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena. His ambition and intelligence are oppressed by Zeena's cold, conniving character. When Zeena's young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie's warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage. Tragically, their love is doomed by Zeena's ever-lurking presence and by the social conventions of the day. Ethan remains torn between his sense of obligation and his urge to satisfy his heart's desire up to the suspenseful and unanticipated conclusion.

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Her novels… ensure her place amongst the greatest writers of English in the twentieth century.