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Summer

Narrated by: Chloe Boyle
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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The story is one of only two novels by Wharton to be set in New England. The novel details the sexual awakening of its protagonist, Charity Royal, and shares many plot similarities with Wharton's better known novel, "Ethan Frome". Only moderately well-received when originally published, "Summer" has had a resurgence in critical popularity since the 1960's.

©2018 Edith Wharton (P)2018 FrontPage Publishing

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  • Dr E C M Williamson
  • 02-13-19

Wharton's "Hot" Ethan Frome

Charity is rescued from near-destitute rural poverty to a middle class upbringing by a small-town lawyer, at the request of her dying father. She is a vivacious young woman, but not conventionally attractive and not well-educated. She yearns to escape small-town life. She falls in love with a young intellectual who is visiting rural New England one summer to study the local architecture. Since this is Wharton, I won't be giving away the plot to say that this does not end well.

Mr Royall, the widowed lawyer who brings Charity up, is the other main character. He has a flawed character, but ultimately shows Compassion.

This, like "Ethan Frome", is set in the countryside. I like "Summer" better: the main characters are more complex.

I found the narrator improved when I sped her up a bit.