ETHAN FROME – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a compact and highly effective novella. Wharton describes a tragically dysfunctional love triangle with deeply developed characters. The mood is starkly austere and bitterly cold; exploring the themes of morals and values. It’s a frame story; where the prologue and epilogue, written in first person, constitute a frame around the main story, written in third person. A key turning point in the novel is a “mash-up” that has enduring effects on the main characters. These individuals try to break away and then fall back into smothering frustration and despair. This story is in the public domain, as are all of Wharton’s works. Eathon Frome is her best known work and in my opinion a personal favorite.