Pavillion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
The elegant and beautiful Madame Wu seemed to possess everything a Chinese woman of her time could want—a kind, adoring husband, three well-grown sons and a renowned family name. Yet something was missing from her life; something neither rank nor riches could provide. Thus, on her fortieth birthday Madame Wu makes the fateful decision to seek in her own way for that elusive thing that will fulfill her life. The moving story of her search and of the man who helps to guide her make this a deeply personal and richly textured novel.