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    Edith Wharton
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    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 11, 2009)
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The Bunner sisters were proud of the neatness of their shop and content with its humble prosperity. The younger Bunner sister, who was a little taller than her elder, had a more pronounced nose, but a weaker slope of mouth and chin.

The Bunner sisters were proud of the neatness of their shop and content with its humble prosperity. It was not what they had once imagined it would be, but though it presented but a shrunken image of their earlier ambitions it enabled them to pay their rent and keep themselves alive and out of debt; and it was long since their hopes had soared higher. Now and then, however, among their greyer hours there came one not bright enough to be called sunny, but rather of the silvery twilight hue which sometimes ends a day of storm.

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They barely make ends meet. She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today.

Read various fiction books with us in our e-reader. It is a story of two sisters, Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner, who are quite happy to run a very smal. l shop, in a shabby basement, in a sidestreet already doomed to decline ; a story of the destruction of their regular quiet life.

The Bunner Sisters is the story of two sisters barely making ends meet in a small shop in their neighborhood.

On each side of its modest three stories stood higher buildings, with fronts of brown stone, cracked and blistered, cast-iron balconies and cat-haunted grass-patches behind twisted railings.

The Bunner sisters want so little to be happy and yet they never find the security and love that they seek, instead living and dying in quiet obscurity like so many

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The sisters of the title, Anna Eliza and Evelina scrape a living .

The sisters of the title, Anna Eliza and Evelina scrape a living from selling simple haberdashery items such as buttons, trims and ribbons. Their lives are mundane and in all respects unrewarding in the ordinary sense, but they are sustained by their dedication and love for each other. However, their existence is disturbed when the birthday gift of a clock serves to introduce a mysterious stranger in the form of a clockmaker.

Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937) was a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. Bunner Sisters is a novel about the life of two women, who owned a shop called Bunner Sisters in New York, "in the days when New York's traffic moved at the pace of the drooping horse-car".


A compelling, heartbreaking little novella about two sisters struggling to eek an existence as small shopkeepers on the margins of late nineteenth-century society in New York. Even though I knew it was going to end in tears, part of me kept hoping against hope that everything would turn out for Evelina and her sister Ann Eliza, who is willing to sacrifice her own chance at happiness for her self-absorbed younger sibling.

Ann Eliza tries hard to be content with her lot and she refuses to tempt fate by wishing for more, believing that if she dares to express dissatisfaction with the meagre things she has in life, that these things will be taken away. All of her dreams are reserved for her sister Evelina, who she hoped would marry and have a family of her own instead of whiling away her days in a gloomy shop in a seedy part of town. When the story opens it seems that both sisters will spend the rest of their days here but then a chance encounter with a lonely clock maker dramatically changes the course of their lives.

Ann Eliza is the first to meet Herman Raby when she buys Evelina a clock for her birthday. She immediately senses his loneliness and for the first time starts to imagine a difference future for herself. Her dreams are dashed when Evelina, who has become desperate after her only suitor disappeared without explanation years earlier, sets her own sights on him. Ann Eliza struggles to quell her own desires and subvert them into happiness for her sister and her inner conflict is very realistic. She acts on the belief that altruism has to be rewarded, and her reward for her self-sacrifice is supposed to be Evelina's contentment. Herman Raby, however, is not the man they thought he was and his feckless ways lead to their downfall.

Wharton writes with great compassion and insight about people from all walks of life, including those on the margins. The Bunner sisters want so little to be happy and yet they never find the security and love that they seek, instead living and dying in quiet obscurity like so many. It' a sad but powerful little book that reminded me of why Edith Wharton is one of my all-time favourite authors.
A short story (read in a few hours or less) about the small lives of two sisters. Focuses on love, dissapointments, and financial struggles. There is a bit of a twist I didn't see coming. Overall, I think of the book like an independent movie. Independent movies often seem to focus on just a snippet of someone's life. The scope is usually small, the setting within a small area, the plot plays out within days or even hours, and often has an open-ended conclusion. Bunner Sisters takes place over a few years, but you are still left with the feeling that we've just seen a small scrap of their lives. It's a little sad but because it's so short and because our main character Ann Eliza is resigned, almost indifferent about her circumstances, you are left feeling the same about the whole story- indifferent.
I am not a great Wharton fan but recognize her value in American literature. This is not an enjoyable read. A life that is, if not happy is at least meaningful, changes for the worse. I think all writers provide some value. If you feel a need to read her work, this is not the place I would suggest starting. The book is well written. If I were a professor of American literature, the chances are I could give reasons to read this book. I am not so consider my objections to the book accordingly.
Wonderful novella, closest to ETHAN FROME in that it deals with poorer people and not the wealthy or elite. Deep, personal, readable, empathetic characterization. Dark and compelling. Fast read.
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This novella is unlike the other Wharton novels I've read, no high class society here. It's focused on two shop owning sisters trying to make it in New York. A german clock repairman enters the picture and turns their lives awry. The story at certain points is a bit frustrating to read, the older sister is a bit too selfless and I found myself wanting to yell at her.
I don't know if I'd say I really loved this--it is too sad, and isn't really what I would consider Wharton's best--but since I give 3.5 and 4 stars to fluffy enjoyable stuff, I have to give this 5 stars. It is a compelling story about two sisters just getting by in the 1890s, and what happens when they make the mistake of trusting a man.
When I come across other Wharton fans I'm always surprised at how few have read Bunner Sisters. Though it is not a light and fluffy story filled with socialites, Wharton tackles drug addiction and sacrifice with her exquisite prose. I've read Bunner Sisters several times over the years, always in winter (and for the first time now on my Android phone), and each time it only gets better.
Interesting because Wharton wrote it and it reflects drug addiction at the turn of the century. Sad story, but even, and cool historical anecdotes embedded in it. Quick read. It is like a sketch.