Ethan Frome, written in 1911 by Edith Wharton, came to my attention thanks to the Friendswood Library’s list of the top 150 English Language Novels of the 20th Century (http://www.friendswood.lib.tx.us/bookinfo/frpubtop150.htm). Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written a number of well-known books and this story is one I had not heard of before.
The story is about a New England farmer named Ethan Frome who is unhappily married to a wife with a miserable disposition. It is a sad story of the young man’s life of hardship in a desolate New England town. Edith Warton does a wonderful writing job by placing her story in a stark New England winter to set the mood in this tale. It is beautifully written and even though it is a short book, I found it quite moving. This book was written 100 years ago and has stood the test of time. I don’t want to tell too much of the story here believing it would ruin the ending for anyone who intends to read it. It surprised me!