Ethan Frome, by Edith WhartonAre you pining away for that married man who can’t leave his wife just now because her health is so awful? If you further justify your affair because she’s really unpleasant, not to mention so shallow she values her pickle dish above all else, then this classic novel’s for you! This one’s a short read, set in the aptly named village of Starkfield, in late 1800s New England. Amidst grim poverty and joyless domesticity Ethan falls for a gorgeous, vibrant creature who really needs to be getting on with her own life, and not getting trapped by the likes of him. If we want to value our gorgeousness, and not get snared by the totally wrong man, this one’s a great read!