The novel revolves around a selfish young woman and her relationships. Even tho you should truly shun this woman, you may find yourself endearing yourself to her. Over time she awakens to her own true nature instead of one that she had adopted from her upbringing and associations. The story flows...glides, simplistically by the hand of the writers' talent. An enjoyable read and now one of my favorites. The movie although slow going is very worthwhile to watch also.