Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie's vivacious cousin enters their household as a 'hired girl', Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction's finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio towards their tragic destinies.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), born into a distinguished New York family, became a celebrated American novelist and published more than forty volumes consisting of novels, stories, verse, essays, travel books and memoirs. Elizabeth Ammons is Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature at tufts University. She lives in Medford, Massachusetts. Jeffrey Brown is a comic book writer and artist who won an Ignatz Award in 2003 for his mini-comic I Am Going to Be Small.