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A tale of forbidden sexual passion and thwarted dreams played out against the lush, summer backdrop of the Massachusetts Berkshires Edith Wharton called Summer her 'hot Ethan.' In their rural settings and their poor, uneducated protagonists, Summer (1916) and Ethan Frome represent a sharp departure from Wharton's familiar depictions of the urban upper class. Charity Royall lives unhappily with her hard-drinking adoptive father in an isolated village, until a visiting architect awakens her sexual passion and the hope for escape. Exploring Charity's relation to her father and her lover, Wharton delves into dark cultural territory: repressed sexuality, small-town prejudice, and, in subtle hints, incest.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified]: Penguin Group US, 1993
ISBN: 9781101172209
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Ammons, Elizabeth
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Aug 03, 2015

What could be better for a summer read, than "Summer." As late spring passes into summer and fall, a young woman has her first - and probably only - romantic encounter. The description is lush (too much for some) and delicate. The character of Charity is wonderfully delineated. Only problem: The relationship with her guardian is a bit difficult to swallow. He has essentially been acting as her parent, so I don't quite get how he could become a legitimate marriage contender.


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ArapahoeSusanW Oct 06, 2016

If you read one Edith Wharton novel, (and you should!) this is the one to pick. A surprisingly modern themed coming of age story set in small town New England. Charity Royal is one of the most intriguing heroines in modern fiction.


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