White Ivy (Hardback)Susie Yang (author)
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This evocative and twisty Boston-set debut tells a Chinese-American immigrant story that challenges ideas of class, race and family, exploring the lengths we go to in search of acceptance.
Ivy Lin was a thief. But you'd never know it to look at her...
Ivy Lin, a Chinese immigrant growing up in a low-income apartment complex outside Boston, is desperate to assimilate with her American peers. Her parents disapprove, berating her for her mediocre grades and what they see as her lazy, entitled attitude. But Ivy has a secret weapon, her grandmother Meifeng, from whom she learns to shoplift to get the things she needs to fit in.
Ivy develops a taste for winning and for wealth. As an adult, she reconnects with the blond-haired golden boy of a prominent political family, and thinks it's fate. But just as Ivy is about to have everything she's ever wanted, a ghost from her past resurfaces, threatening the almost-perfect life she's worked so hard to build.
Filled with surprising twists, and offering sharp insights into the immigrant experience, White Ivy is both a love triangle and a coming-of-age story - as well as a dark glimpse at what can happen when we yearn for success at any cost.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 38 mm
'Class, race and coming-of-age lock horns in this original, funny, clever novel. Totally addictive, twisting and twisted: Ivy Lin will get under your skin' - Erin Kelly
'Chock-full of compelling, exciting ideas' - Lynn Steger Strong, New York Times
'Compulsively readable, dark and toxic, with grim flashes of humour, White Ivy takes a hold of you and doesn't let go. A book I won't forget in a hurry' - Harriet Tyce
'The genius of White Ivy is that each plot point of the romance is fulfilled but also undercut by a traumatic pratfall, described in language as bright and scarring as a wound' - Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times
'Exquisitely written and totally irresistible, White Ivy is an evocative page-turner with a cast of searingly vivid characters and a deeply chilling heart. An outstanding debut that will make your pulse race - I loved every single word' - Anna Downes
'It's a testament to Susie Yang's skill that she can explore and upend our ideas of class, race, family, and identity while moving us through a plot that twists in such wonderful ways. But none of that would matter nearly as much if not for the truly unforgettable narrator, Ivy, who is so hypnotic, the way her voice feels both wild and controlled. She ran right through me.' - Kevin Wilson
'White Ivy is magic and a necessary corrective both to the stereotypes and the pieties that too easily characterize the immigrant experience. Most pleasing of all is the story of Ivy Lin, a daring young woman in search of herself, and not soon to be forgotten.' - Joshua Ferris
'White Ivy is dark and delicious. Ivy Lin eviscerates the model minority stereotype with a smile on her lips and a boot on your neck. Cancel your weekend plans, because you won't be able to take your eyes off Ivy Lin' - Lucy Tan
'Elegant and terrifying, steely and sparkling, White Ivy is a propulsive story told with the satisfying simplicity of a classic' - Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
'Bold, daring, and sexy, White Ivy is the immigrant story we've been dying to hear. Rather than submit to love, Ivy seeks it out, sinks her teeth into it, and doesn't let go. A stunning debut' - Neel Patel
'A truly addictive read' - Glamour's Best Books of 2020
'Susie Yang delves into class warfare and deceit in the season's biggest debut' - Entertainment Weekly
'Yang's stunning debut novel is a riveting bildungsroman' - Oprah Magazine
'The modern story of clashing cultures and classes already reads like Crazy Rich Asians meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History meets Paul's Case, Willa Cather's classic story of a desperate middle-class climb. But White Ivy, the propulsive debut novel by Susie Yang, is more than plot twists and love triangles. It's also an astute chronicle of cultures, gender dynamics and the complicated business of self-creation in America' - San Francisco Chronicle
'A highly entertaining, well-plotted character study about a young woman whose obsession with the shallow signifiers of success gets her in too deep' - Washington Post
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