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Susie Yang will discuss her journey writing White Ivy, her influences, and the themes within the book in an interview format, with an audience Q&A to follow. White Ivy twists the classic American Dream story, following Ivy Lin as she’s raised by her immigrant grandmother who teaches her how to acquire the guise of a typical teenager by stealing from yard sales and second-hand shops. Drawing the attention of golden boy Gideon Speyer brings familial punishment as Ivy is sent to China, only to return years later with conflicted thoughts on her background and an even stronger wish to attain her own privileged American Dream, no matter who she’ll have to sink her claws into to achieve it.
Susie Yang was born in China and came to the United States as a child. After receiving her doctorate of pharmacy from Rutgers University, she launched a tech startup in San Francisco that has taught 20,000 people how to code. White Ivy is Susie Yang’s first novel. White Ivy is in development as a limited series on Netflix, with Shonda Rhimes to Executive Produce. This author talk is intended for adults.
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