BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Public Library will read Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome on Monday August 28 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the coference room.

Ethan Frome was a farmer’s son who dreamed of life in a big city and a career as an engineer.  When his father died, he had to return home to Starkfield, Massachusetts to run the farm.  He invited his older cousin, Zeena, to take over the housekeeping and the care of his dying mother.  It seemed convenient for Ethan to marry Zeena.  After a few unhappy years, the sickly Zeena invited her own young cousin, Mattie, to move in and help her with the housework.  The results of that invitation were tragic.  Edith Wharton is best-known as the author of novels about the upper classes.  This novella represents a departure in that the characters are poor and unsophisticated.  Ethan Frome tells the story of a bad marriage, a hopeless love, and a life based on “the hard compulsions of the poor.”  Ethan Frome was filmed in 1993 with Liam Neeson, Joan Allen, and Patricia Arquette.  The book is available in regular print, Large Print, Audiobook, and eBook formats.          

For more information or to request help in locating a copy of the book club selection, please call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, extension 602. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. The Bloomfield Public Library is at 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.