Read by Grace Conlin
5 CDs $19.95
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
Wharton’s most erotic and lyrical novel, Summer explores a daring theme for 1917, a woman’s awakening to her sexuality. Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall lives in the small town of North Dormer, ignorant of desire until the arrival of architect Lucius Harney. Like the succulent summer landscape in the Berkshires around them, Charity’s romance is lush and picturesque, but its consequences are harsh and real.
Praised for its realism and candor by such writers as Joseph Conrad and
Henry James and compared to Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Summer was one of
Wharton's personal favorites of all her novels and remains as fresh and
relevant today as when it was first written.
“Reader Grace Conlin distinguishes both men's and women's voices
easily, using hushed, intimate tones to convey the sweetness of the
romance. Yet an ephemeral quality in her delivery casts a shadow of
reality on the story and reminds the listener that seasons
"Wharton's descriptive powers are superb, and Grace Conlin's narration
is exquisite. Highly recommended."—Library Journal