Ethan Frome Author:Edith Wharton The most famous of her novels-Ethan, the gaunt, patient New Englander, imprisoned by bitter futilities, makes one desperate attempt to escape from his bondage, if not in life, at least in death.His failure produces only a long anti-climax of pain and despair, with his implacable wife presiding over the deterioration of the bright passion which h... more »ad once warmed Ethan and her cousin Mattie, His story, with its tragic implications of what might have been, has had an irresistible fascination for countless readers.« less
The character Ethan Frome is the literary embodiment of Wharton quote, Life is the saddest thing, next to death.
The setting is wintry and claustrophobic. Ethan is full of passion and yearning, but has no drive or purpose. All the characters are fully developed and very real. I enjoyed it immensely.