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Summer

Edith Wharton

Book Overview: 

The story is one of only two novels by Wharton to be set in New England. The novel details the sexual awakening of its protagonist, Charity Royall, and shares many plot similarities with Wharton’s better known novel, Ethan Frome.(Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But another kind of shyness had been born in her: a terror of exposing to vulgar perils the sacred treasure of her happiness. She was not sorry to have the neighbors suspect her of "going with" a young man from the city; but she did not want it known to all the countryside how many hours of the long June days she spent with him. What she most feared was that the inevitable comments should reach Mr. Royall. Charity was instinctively aware that few things concerning her escaped the eyes of the silent man under whose roof she lived; and in spite of the latitude which North Dormer accorded to courting couples she had always felt that, on the day when she showed too open a preference, Mr. Royall might, as she phrased it, make her "pay for it." How, she did not know; and her fear was the greater because it was undefinable. If she had been accepting the attentions of one of the village youths she would have been less apprehensive: Mr. Royall could not prevent her marrying when s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

this book is touted as "edith wharton's most erotic book". the introduction blabs on and on about its eroticism, and how scandalous it is. so i have devised a little drinking game. i invite you - i entreat you - to prepare a shot glass with your favorite scotch or whiskey, and do a shot every time y

3,5/5
No es de las novelas más impactantes ni de las más profundas de Edith Wharton, pero como siempre, la autora muestra un punto de vista distinto de una manera muy bella, sin olvidarse de la crítica.
Todas las protagonistas de Wharton son diferentes, viviendo junto a un clase alta (o al menos pudie

This novel was first published in 1917 and I can’t help but be amazed by that. The themes in this novel are current, and as real today as they were a hundred years ago.

Charity Royall was born to a rough life on The Mountain and was rescued at the age of five by a lawyer in the village and his wife.

"The longing to escape, to get away from familiar faces, from places where she was known, had always been strong in her in moments of distress. She had a childish belief in the miraculous power of strange scenes and new faces to transform her life and wipe out bitter memories."

Ah, summertime. What b

Bunches-of-thanks….
to many Goodreadsl friends who read this before me….especially to the classic readers (you know who you are). Thank you! I loved it … all it’s messy complexity.

….This was a wonderful story!
….Beautiful - lovely - writing!
….Written in the 1800’s - but there is a timeless contempor

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