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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
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Aug 17, 2007

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The image of two lovers driving a sled into a tree so they can commit dual suicide, but who in fact only end up severely crippling themselves, has not left me since I first read this book. I wouldn't recommend letting anyone under the age of 15 read this book purely for that reason (I mean, what kind of image is that to have floating around your head?). This novel is very claustrophobic and tragic. It was also the subject of my first-ever real, full-blown research paper, so it's intimately connected to my memories of hours sitting in the public library pouring over books, taking notes on index cards, and learning how to cite sources for the first time, which could explain why the book seemed so tragic and claustrophobic to me, now that I think about it...
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Rachel I remember when you gave this book (among several) to read the summer I was 15. I remember it being very sad and morbid.

Rebecca Are you implying I was a bad sister? ;) I probably assumed you could handle it, since you're smarter than the average person your age.

Melodee just plain weird

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