Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby

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Hermione Hoby captures it all in her debut novel, Neon in Daylight, a smart, shimmering study of youthful self-discovery and the power of place, unfurling over the course of a single summer in the city.
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"A radiant first novel. . . . [Neon in Daylight] has antecedents in the great novels of the 1970s: Renata Adler’s Speedboat, Elizabeth Hardwick’s Sleepless Nights, Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays. . . . Precision—of observation, of language—is Hoby’s gift. Her sentences are sleek and tailored. Language molds snugly to thought." —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times



"What do you get when a writer of extreme intelligence, insight, style and beauty chronicles the lives of self-absorbed hedonists—The Great Gatsby, Bright Lights, Big City, and now Neon in Daylight. Hermione Hoby paints a garish world that drew me in and held me spellbound. She is a marvel." —Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth



New York City in 2012, the sweltering summer before Hurricane Sandy hits. Kate, a young woman newly arrived from England, is staying in a Manhattan apartment while she tries to figure out her future. She has two unfortunate responsibilities during her time in America: to make regular Skype calls to her miserable boyfriend back home, and to cat-sit an indifferent feline named Joni Mitchell.



The city has other plans for her. In New York's parks and bodegas, its galleries and performance spaces, its bars and clubs crowded with bodies, Kate encounters two strangers who will transform her stay: Bill, a charismatic but embittered writer made famous by the movie version of his only novel; and Inez, his daughter, a recent high school graduate who supplements her Bushwick cafe salary by enacting the fantasies of men she meets on Craigslist. Unmoored from her old life, Kate falls into an infatuation with both of them.



Set in a heatwave that feels like it will never break, Neon In Daylight marries deep intelligence with captivating characters to offer us a joyful, unflinching exploration of desire, solitude, and the thin line between life and art.

 

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Published January 1, 2018 by Catapult. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Sep 28 2017

But Hoby is a master of atmosphere, and if the characters don’t stick, the vibrant loneliness of the city does. Energetic, if uneven.

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Above average
Reviewed by Hephzibah Anderson on Jul 23 2018

Hermione Hoby captures it all in her debut novel, Neon in Daylight, a smart, shimmering study of youthful self-discovery and the power of place, unfurling over the course of a single summer in the city.

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