In the dead gray cold of Starkfield, Massachusetts, farmer Ethan Frome is struggling to scrape out a living. His duties are to his wife, Zeena - an ungrateful, soul-sick hypochondriac as frigid as the New England winter. When Zeena’s cousin Mattie arrives to help with the farm, the ethereal, gentle-natured beauty brings a light and a fugitive affection into Ethan’s life. Yet for Ethan and Mattie, daring to be happy - and together - will have its consequences.
Exploring the costs of living life according to social mores, Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome is a masterwork of doomed love.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Ethan Frome, this edition of Ethan Frome (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.