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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)These three brilliantly wrought, tragic novellas explore the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the social milieu usually inhabited by Edith Wharton's characters.Ethan Frome is one of Wharton's most famous works; it is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Everyman's Library (first published 1917)
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Alice Lee
Edith Wharton is possibly my new hero(ine).

Ethan Frome is probably the most well-known piece in this collection, and I've noticed that many reviews for this work runs along the veins of "we read this in English class, it was horrible" etc. And I think the problem lies exactly in that. Ethan Frome is a brilliant piece - and I will give a short review of it in a bit - but it is decidedly NOT for everyone. Above all this kind of book shouldn't be forced onto teenagers as mandatory reading; there ar
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Rina
Edith Wharton's three novellas are stories of repressed emotions and forbidden love. I so enjoy her style of writing and though these stories are not the typical "happy" endings, I liked them all. As for Ethan Frome I must have read it when I was much younger and recently heard someone say how much they did NOT like it but taken in its own context it was very good.
Martha
I will admit I did not read Bunner Sisters--I was feeling depressed enough after finishing Ethan Frome and Summer. Both these novellas generated some good discussion in my book club, however. Such bleak, frustrating lives....
Brian
This was a short story that was written very well in my opinion, her discription of the scenery, the thoughts of the cast and the description of characters was very good. I enjoyed the story and one that made me feel sorry for main character in some ways. Her writing was such that I desire to read from her other works as well. I'm glad to read a book sometimes that can just tell its story in 80 pages and leave you enjoying the journey. The story is about Ethan Frome and his struggles in his life ...more
Jeanie
Quiet, melancholic, under-your-skin kind of writing. All three novellas were so different but connected by class and the characters' struggles for survival. I loved how Wharton invoked the weather and seasons so powerfully and eloquently in all the stories, making landscape and climate reflective and affecting. Loved reading something set in NYC in 19th century, too, very cool. Overall, excellent and sad.
Lori
I read Bunner Sisters first and couldn't put it down. In just one or two sentences, Wharton plops you straight into the time period--late 19th century New York City. Like the other two novellas in this collection, Bunner Sisters is bittersweet and grim. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
CC
I read Ethan Frome in high school but didn't appreciate it at all. I thoroughly enjoyed Wharton's story telling ability and sparse but powerful descriptions. Reading good writing is such a delight!
Kay
Edith Wharton has such a wonderful way of writing about the spare life that some live and the deepest feelings they share. I appreciate her careful use of the language.
Andrew
I read this in High School. It was very interesting especially the ending. I felt compassion, sad, happy, and at the same time thought how stupid serves him right.
Amanda
I only read Ethan Frome and Summer because after I finished reading Summer I was ready to lay down weeping. So sad.
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reading Ethan Frome. watched Age of Innocence and decided to read that as well...
Zaynab
Edith Wharton is so underrated. Kind of a depressing author though.
Melissa Coulter
First Edith Wharton I ever read. Instant fan.
Martha Smith
A classic tale of a failing marriage.
Jenifer
It's Wharton. 'nuff said.
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