• Ethan Frome

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Ethan Frome

By: Edith Wharton
Narrated by: Adam Sims
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Set deep in the remote countryside of Massachusetts, New England, in a world of small-town prejudice, pettiness and rural poverty, the story of Ethan Frome explores the crippling marriage of a young man to an older woman and his love for her vibrant young cousin, Mattie, who lives as a dependent in the Frome household. His feelings lead to a day of explosive emotions with tragic consequences. 

Published in 1911, two years before Wharton divorced her husband, the novel integrates the raw experiences of the author's own life to create a powerful tale of the tragic destruction of innocent love, in a stark, compressed and unified form. Over time, the book has gained the reputation of being Edith Wharton's best work.

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Written in 1911

And even in 1911 there were probably people who thought all of the characters were ridiculous and pitiful. Top it off with a lame ending. When the resolution of a problem is so simple and no one does it, it's like the writer thinks the readers are dumb. I got this book because it was my grandma's favorite. But in her defense, she liked it because she was able to learn so many new words. The author just uses a lot of adjectives no one ever uses to sound smart, but it comes of melodramatic and arrogant.