I can now understand the happiness that Lisa Simpson felt upon receiving a copy of Ethan Frome from her uncle Herb. As she stated "finally, a copy of Ethan Frome to call my own!" The novel is part of the series "Great books of Western Civilization" that Lisa wants to buy with the money that Homer wins for being the first annual receipient of the Montgomery Burns award outstanding achievement in the field of excellence.
Lisa was not incorrect in her desire to read Wharton's classic. Having also read Age of Innocence, it is very clear that Wharton should be labelled as a literary giant with few if any equals in the 20th Century. Ethan Frome is a stunning example of an efficiently packaged cluster bomb of emotion. The characters are brilliantly depicted in all their bleak depravity.
I won't even bother telling you any part of the plot, for fear that it may sully the innocence of your approach to the novel. Safe to say that Lisa Simpson would give her recommendations, and you probably trust her judgement over mine!
Now, in the warm lamplit room, with all its ancient implications of conformity and order, she seemed infinitely farther away from him and more unapproachable.