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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,376 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer, is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena. His ambition and intelligence are oppressed by Zeena’s cold, conniving character. When Zeena’s young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie’s warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage. Tragically, their love is doomed by Zeena’s ever-lurking presence and by the social conventions of the day. Ethan remains torn between his sense of obligation and his urge to satisfy his heart’s desire up to the suspenseful and unanticipated conclusion. 

Perhaps reflective of Wharton’s own loveless marriage, this sophisticated, star-crossed love story vividly depicts her abhorrence of society’s relentless standards of loyalty. Ethan Frome is one of Wharton’s most popular and best-known works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling and haunting story.”

    New York Times

  • “Wharton’s characters leap out from the pages and…become very real. You know their hearts, souls and yearnings, and the price they pay for those yearnings.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  •  “As moral as the classic fairy tale.”

    Elizabeth Ammons is professor of English and American studies at Tufts University

  • “An innovative insight into incompatability, and as such something of a breakthrough. Edith Wharton was in many ways ahead of her time.…In Ethan Frome she made her mark as an atypical and uncompromising psychologist. It is in many ways her most fearless novel.”

    Telegraph (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jorma | 2/20/2014

    " Two young people fall in love - though un impossible one; there is poverty and snow covered fields all around adding to the cold and impossibilities... there is a moment when the nature seems to scream loudly what the two characters are feeling at that very point in time, when the desperation of parting from one another is unsurmountable, the loneliness they both felt at the thought of it... Wharton writes as she is setting the scene to have Frome send off to the train the beautiful and sweet young Mattie Silver, thus seeing her for the last time: "...and the sky as it paled, rose higher, leaving the earth more alone." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Norrie | 2/15/2014

    " Not much - not sure where the acclaim comes from. It was an almost demented story of Ethan Frome who is in love with his wife's cousin. It ends with the sledding accident that began the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leon Tye | 2/14/2014

    " I have read this book four times, and probably will read it again. Need I say more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Camzcam | 2/12/2014

    " This is not at all what I expected after earlier exposure to House of Mirth and Age of Innocence. There are no vapid socialites or decadent lifestyles to be seen or subtly mocked. Essentially this novella is a morality tale with a twist...not quite Thomas Hardy, but on that same spectrum. It is eerie and absorbing and makes me wonder what kind of lonely and twisted life Wharton must have lived to develop an imagination peopled with the likes of Ethan Frome. "

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