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Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome is the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and her cousin, the enchanting Mattie Silver. In the playing out of this short novel's powerful and engrossing drama, Edith Wharton constructed her least characteristic and most celebrated book.
Ethan Frome will stay with you long after you put this book down. It protrays a wide range of the human experience. Love and lust, honor and decorum, manipulation and romance. Edith Wharton brings to life a story that will entertain you and one that you will never forget, as each character is so compelling and so true to the human comdition that they are timeless. It will leave you examining your own life, your compromises, your weaknesses and your strengths. Beautiful artwork, paintings, sculptures, and architecture are beautiful to us because they pull from us our desires. Each time you look at a favorite painting we feel the stirrings of longing that only beauty can call from us.--Submitted by Denise Hopson
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