On a bleak New England farm, a taciturn young man has resigned
himself to a life of grim endurance. Bound by circumstance to a
woman he cannot love, Ethan Frome is haunted by a past of lost
possibilities until his wife s orphaned cousin, Mattie Silver,
arrives and he is tempted to make one final, desperate effort to
escape his fate. In language that is spare, passionate, and
enduring, Edith Wharton tells this unforgettable story of two
tragic lovers overwhelmed by the unrelenting forces of conscience
Included with Ethan Frome are the novella "The Touchstone" and
three short stories, " The Last Asset, The Other Two, "and " Xingu.
" Together, this collection offers a survey of the extraordinary
range and power of one of America s finest writers.
"From the Paperback edition.""
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