- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (July 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453734805
- ISBN-13: 978-1453734803
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a summer full of romance draws to a close, a young woman discovers the heartbreak that autumn ushers in. Lorna Raver s narration masterfully tells the story of the rebellious but genuine Charity Royall. Raver s reading is thoughtful, capturing the warm emotions of the heroine while keeping with the slower pace of Wharton s depiction of the setting. In SUMMER, Wharton diverges from her usual focus on the New York elite, instead setting the story in rural New England. Raver makes the inhabitants of the small town come alive by using the rural dialects in her vocal characterizations. Her attention to dialect and tone absorbs the elements of Wharton s novel that make it authentically American. --AudioFile
About the Author
Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, 1862, during the American Civil War. Wharton published her first short story in 1891; her first story collection, The Greater Inclination, in 1899; a novella called The Touchstone in 1900; and her first novel, a historical romance called The Valley of Decision, in 1902. The book that made Wharton famous was The House of Mirth, published in 1905. She died in 1937.
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Inevitably she must face the consequences of her actions and the ending is bleak (not to mention creepy). Even though Charity is used by both Harney and her guardian, they are not portrayed as evil monsters and it's this subtlety that makes Wharton's writing so great. My only criticism of the book is that I found the pacing a bit uneven but it was another excellent read from one of my all-time favourite authors.
I liked this book more than I liked "Ethan Frome", "Twilight Sleep", or "The Reef". While "Summer" may not be in the same class as "House of Mirth" or "Age of Innocence", it is I think comparable to "Glimpses of the Moon".