Adult Fiction WHARTON
Summary: First published in 1911, Ethan Frome is widely regarded as Edith Wharton's most revealing novel and her finest achievement in fiction. Set in the bleak, barren winter landscape of New England, it is the tragic tale of a simple man, bound to the demands of his farm and his tyrannical, sickly wife, Zeena, and driven by his star-crossed love for Zeena's young cousin, Mattie Silver. "In its spare, chilling creation of rural isolation, hardscrabble poverty and wintry landscape," writes Alfred Kazin in his afterword, "Ethan Frome overwhelms the reader as a drama of irresistible necessity." An exemplary work of literary realism in setting and character, Ethan Frome stands as one of the great classics of twentieth-century American literature.
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Wanted to become an engineer; his studies ended when his father passed away; returned home to take care of his ailing mother; ran the family farm; tried to sell the family farm after his mother passed away but had no success; unhappy in his marriage; never returned to his dream of being an engineer; in love with his wife's cousin who has come to live with them.
Ethan's wife; constantly complains and suffers from different ailments.
Zeena's cousin; went to live with Ethan and Zeena after her parents passed away; in love with with Ethan.