White Ivy by Susie Yang


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“This is a novel of perfection: wanting it, striving for it, defining what it even is and exploring who gets to mold that definition.

Through precise, poignant prose and a main character, Ivy, who wants so much more than the world is willing to give her, Yang delivers a taut story that challenges the conventions of literary thrillers. Ivy is a fighter, a young woman who deceives and struggles to both live within and break free of the otherness American society puts on her as a Chinese immigrant; she bristles against the isolation and alienation, the shame and humiliation others attempt to place on her shoulders.

Visceral from the first page, this a haunting story of obsession, perfection, and rebelling against the life society says you’re worth.”


A young woman’s crush on a privileged classmate becomes a story of love, lies, and dark obsession, offering stark insights into the immigrant experience, as it hurtles to its electrifying ending.

Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar—but you’d never know it by looking at her.

Raised outside of Boston, Ivy’s immigrant grandmother relies on Ivy’s mild appearance for cover as she teaches her granddaughter how to pilfer items from yard sales and second-hand shops. Thieving allows Ivy to accumulate the trappings of a suburban teen—and, most importantly, to attract the attention of Gideon Speyer, the golden boy of a wealthy political family. But when Ivy’s mother discovers her trespasses, punishment is swift and Ivy is sent to China, and her dream instantly evaporates.

Years later, Ivy has grown into a poised yet restless young woman, haunted by her conflicting feelings about her upbringing and her family. Back in Boston, when Ivy bumps into Sylvia Speyer, Gideon’s sister, a reconnection with Gideon seems not only inevitable—it feels like fate.

Slowly, Ivy sinks her claws into Gideon and the entire Speyer clan by attending fancy dinners, and weekend getaways to the cape. But just as Ivy is about to have everything she’s ever wanted, a ghost from her past resurfaces, threatening the nearly perfect life she’s worked so hard to build.

Filled with surprising twists and a nuanced exploration of class and race, White Ivy is a glimpse into the dark side of a woman who yearns for success at any cost.

White Ivy by Susie Yang
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