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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Wharton’s most erotic and lyrical novel, Summer explores a daring theme for 1917: a woman’s awakening to her sexuality. Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall lives in the small town of North Dormer, ignorant of desire until the arrival of architect Lucius Harney. Independent yet kept from love until now by society's expectations, Charity finds herself wrapped up in a love affair with Harney. Like the succulent summer landscape in the Berkshires around them, Charity’s romance is lush and picturesque, but its consequences are harsh and real.

Praised for its realism and candor by such writers as Joseph Conrad and Henry James and compared to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Summer was one of Wharton’s personal favorites of all her novels and remains as fresh and relevant today as when it was first written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Breaks, or stretches, many conventions of women’s romantic love stories and in the process creates a new picture of female sexuality…A clamorous and ecstatic affirmation of the joy of sexual love no matter what it costs.”   

    Marilyn French, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Reader Grace Conlin distinguishes both men’s and women’s voices easily, using hushed, intimate tones to convey the sweetness of the romance. Yet an ephemeral quality in her delivery casts a shadow of reality on the story and reminds the listener that seasons change.”


  • “Wharton’s descriptive powers are superb, and Grace Conlin’s narration is exquisite. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 1995

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trudy | 2/10/2014

    " After a trip to Edith Wharton's home this spring, I decided to read this book recommended by our young guide. The story of a young girl given away by her Mother after her Father had been sent to prison. The characters are well drawn. Interesting the role of women and girls and how that has changed in the past 100 years. The emphasis of self now and how important that is now would have greatly changed her life. I was happy with the ending and not what I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tris Harding | 2/8/2014

    " This ending was the most disappointing thing I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valerie | 1/23/2014

    " Uneducated girl from the country is seduced by a city dandy...but this is not a cautionary tale so much as it is an exploration of a young girl's acknowledgment of her sexual feelings - astounding that it was written in the early 1900's. I'm glad I found this book. It's not one of her better known novels, but in my opinion, it's brilliant, and way ahead of it's time. I absolutely love "Ethan Frome"....Wharton called "Summer", the "hot" Ethan... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alicia Delp | 1/20/2014

    " a great companion piece to Ethan Frome. Impulsive and sensual compared to the cold deliberate EF. Really enjoyed it. It's usually referred to as a very sexual book, but not explicit at all. "

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