Edith Wharton is one of my many favored authors. Her writing style appeals to my reading senses. Simple, restrained full of passion she sweeps me off my feet. I find myself drowning in her prose. She masterfully paints vivid imagery, allows the reader to familiarize themselves with her characters behavior, while selecting the appropriate words enhancing the reading journey. Wharton is an example of excellent writing along with provoking narratives and characterization.
Ethan Frome is a story I love to reread time after time. Wharton has taken me to the harsh winters of Starkfield, Massachusetts numerous times. Ethan Frome, a hardscrabbled farmer ekes out enough to barely survive. He tends to not only his challenging farmland but his mercurial and sickly wife Zeena. Zeena’s cousin Mattie comes to her aid in the role of caregiver. Mattie’s arrival stirs up the Frome household, as Ethan falls madly in love with Mattie. With the inappropriate timing of their love, along with the 1800’s monumental challenges in its suffocating and high expectations of social behavior, makes for quite a bit of turbulence. Their love story is spellbinding, along with their share of trials and tribulations. A story not to be missed in concert with Wharton’s pithy style creating a dramatic novella.