What a shallow, cold and frivolous woman Kitty Fane is! Her journey, momentous and painful, teaching her so much and yet changing her so little, is utterly compelling. The film, which I loved, is a love story but the book is not. Walter Fane falls in love with Kitty though they have nothing on common and she marries him to escape her mother’s cruel disappointment. In Hong Kong Kitty falls for a charming, married man and they have an affair. Walter takes his revenge by taking Kitty to a Chinese city in the grip of a cholera epidemic. In that terrible, beautiful place she begins to long for peace. I loved this book and read it on my own and with book club.