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Summer by Edith Wharton
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Summer by Edith Wharton is a beautifully written novel that captures the essence of life in a small New England town at the turn of the century. The story follows the main character, Charity Royall, a young and vibrant woman who is raised in poverty but determined to break free from her circumstances.

As Charity navigates the complexities of love and desire, she is forced to confront the societal expectations placed upon her. Wharton expertly weaves together themes of class, gender, and individual freedom in a way that is both thought-provoking and poignant.

The writing in Summer is rich and detailed, painting a vivid picture of rural life in the early 1900s. Wharton's character development is superb, giving readers a deep insight into the motivations and struggles of each individual.

Overall, Summer is a captivating and engaging novel that explores the complexities of love and society in a way that is both timeless and relevant. Wharton's storytelling is masterful, making this a must-read for fans of classic literature.

Book Description:
Wharton's 1917 novella Summer, like her more famous work Ethan Frome, is set in a very small rural New England town. Charity Royall longs to escape the claustrophobic confines of North Dormer and the inappropriate advances of her guardian Mr. Royall, who adopted her as a child from the nearby Mountain community. Hope arrives in the form of city boy Lucius Harney, who has come to research the architecture of the region; but will his presence in Charity's life mean her salvation - or her undoing? (Introduction by Elizabeth Klett)

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