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A naive girl from a humble background meets an ambitious city boy, and a torrid romance ensues. Despite her pride, independence, and honesty, Charity Royall feels shadowed by her past -- especially in her ardent relationship with the educated and refined Lucius Harney. Can passion overcome the effects of heredity and environment?
With its frank treatment of a woman's sexual awakening, Summer created a sensation upon its initial publication; in recent years, The New Republic declared it "the 50 Shades of Gray of 1916." Edith Wharton, a peerless observer and chronicler of society, completely shattered the standards of conventional love stories with this novel's candor and realism. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author declared Summer a personal favorite among her works and liked to refer to it as "the Hot Ethan," a sultry companion to the chilly landscapes of her ever-popular Ethan Frome. Nearly a century later, Summer remains fresh and relevant.
About the Author
American novelist, playwright, and essayist Edith Wharton (1862-1937) chronicled upper-class New England life, drawing upon her privileged social position to create witty and psychologically insightful tales. Nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, she was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Her novels include Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, and The House of Mirth.