Book Review: The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin

Based on Edith Wharton’s short story, Ethan Frome, in which a visitor to the town of Starkfield, Massachusetts describes the titled character’s daily life as well as his being somewhat of a “fixture” of the town, The Smash Up seeks to modernize and build off its predecessor by imagining Ethan as actually being the narrator in his story, while- one could argue – not actually being the main character anymore.