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You'll inhale this deliciously dark debut novel in one sitting

In the mood for a gripping novel that's thought-provoking, glamorous and twisty all at once? You need to read White Ivy, the debut novel by Chinese-American former tech exec Susie Yang (Wildfire). Out today, it follows Ivy Lin, who emigrates from Chonquing to Massachusetts as a young girl and desperately wants to fit in with the loafer-wearing WASPs at her preppy private school. When Ivy reconnects with a former classmate in her 20s, it reignites her obsession with being absorbed into upper-crust Boston society – with genuinely unexpected results.

"Yang deftly explores the Chinese-American immigrant experience while maintaining the addictive pace and glossy feel of a HBO drama – and the manipulative, determined Ivy Lin makes a fascinating fictional antiheroine," says Stylist Loves' deputy editor Moya Crockett. "Initially a coming-of-age story about a teenager struggling to find her place in the world, White Ivy develops into a dread-soaked romance that gradually builds into a full-blown psychological thriller. I haven't read a book this bingeable in months." £15.19, WHSmith


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Vanessa Kirby's new film is the most emotionally powerful watch on Netflix right now

One of the opening scenes of new film Pieces of a Woman sees Martha (Vanessa Kirby) at her office baby shower. Hands are laid on her bump, there's cake; she leaves the office to pick up a new family car bought by her overbearing mother (Ellen Burstyn) and to start a new chapter. So far, so normal. But then the home birth she's planned is beset with tragedy and ends in the death of her baby. "I don't think I took a breath during the intense, visceral 25-minute single-shot birth scene – I've never seen anything like it," says Stylist's entertainment director Helen Bownass of the personal film by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó and his writer/partner Kata Wéber.

After the devastating birth, Martha retreats into herself under of the weight of the loss, while her husband Sean (played by Shia LaBeouf, who was recently accused of abuse by ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs among others) indulges in old toxic addictions and her mother fixates on them taking action against their midwife. "Kirby is remarkable as a woman isolated and undone by trauma," says Helen. "This is a stark and powerful film that meditates on grief and how, ultimately, we are alone in our response to it." On Netflix now


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