Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong.
Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend.
But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages...First published to a storm of protest, "The Painted Veil" is a classic story of a woman's spiritual awakening.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/04/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099286875