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Summer by Edith Wharton
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Oct 01, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: everyone
Read in June, 2007

This is a book about a girl's sexual awakening and the pure pleasure she derives from it. Of course, there are consequences involved, especially since this is a poor girl near the bottom of the social ladder in a small western New England town.

Summer is very different from The House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence where sex was either avoided, unfulfilled or occured offstage. This book deals with both sexuality and class distinction and touches on incest as well. While these topics are openly discussed today, they were considered appalling at the time of publication.
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