Kathy Wang's new novel Impostor Syndrome is about to be your summer must-read
A famous Silicon Valley tech company, a female COO under extra scrutiny, a Russian spy ring threatening to close in on the U.S. — Kathy Wang's sophomore novel has all the trappings for a summer page-turner. But Impost0r Syndrome goes deeper than your average espionage thriller. The author follows two protagonists: Julia is a plant sent over from Moscow to rise through the ranks of the tech industry, eventually landing in one of the top spots at Tangerine (a fictional riff on Google); Alice is a first-generation Chinese American whose low-level Tangerine salary barely covers her Silicon Valley rent. As Alice discovers a security blip that hints at Julia's nefarious connections, their differences in privilege (and the pressure not to let her struggling immigrant parents down) complicate Alice's instincts to investigate Julia.
Impostor Syndrome hits shelves on May 25, but over the next three weeks, EW will be sharing the first seven chapters exclusively on our website — starting Tuesday, April 27. (You can pre-order the e-book edition now for a special discounted price of $4.99.) To kick things off, Wang spoke to EW about creating the fictional world of Tangerine, how she learned about spycraft, and what she wants readers to know about being AAPI in Silicon Valley.