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Book for August 2020
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The Painted Veil
The Painted Veil
by William Somerset Maugham

was first published in 1925.

Kitty Garstin, a pretty upper-middle class debutante, squanders her early youth amusing herself by living a social high life, during which her domineering mother attempts to arrange a "brilliant match" for her. By age 25, Kitty has flirted with and declined marriage proposals from dozens of prospective husbands. Her mother, convinced that her eldest daughter has "missed her market", urges Kitty to settle for “odd” Walter Fane, a bacteriologist and physician. Kitty, in a panic that her much younger sister Doris, will upstage her by marrying first, Kitty consents to Walter's ardent marriage proposition with the words, "I suppose so". Kitty and Walter depart as newlyweds to his post in Hong Kong, where Kitty begins an affair ...

About the Author

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was an English playwright, novelist, and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.