Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton - Author

Elizabeth Ammons - Introduction by

Elizabeth Ammons - Notes by

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ISBN 9780142437803 | 128 pages | 25 Oct 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A tale of despair, forbidden emotions, and sexual undercurrents in the New England countryside

Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a “hired girl,” Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent.

In one of American fiction’s finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio toward their tragic destinies. Different in both tone and theme from Wharton’s other works, Ethan Frome has become perhaps her most enduring and most widely read novel.