The title character in a book by Edith Wharton published in 1911. Frome longs for the life he never led (the grass is always greener complex) given that he married a woman out of a duty rather than out of love. In the course of the book he discovers hope in the form of a cousin who visits, but that hope is dashed when the two of them destroy their futures. On purpose.

Ethan Frome proves a good read by a distinguished author, although I enjoyed Wharton's "The House of Mirth" far more.

Other novels by Wharton include:

The Age of Innocence

The Custom of the Country

Twilight Sleep

Hudson River Bracketed

The Gods Arrive

p.s. This is my first node. Oh boy.