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Neon in Daylight

Hermione Hoby

15 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'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 held me spellbound' Ann Patchett

A New York summer so hot the air is turning yellow.

Kate, a young woman newly arrived from London, is determined to become the kind of person who is up for it and down for it - and not remotely troubled over how those two semantically opposed phrases could have come to mean the same thing.

In the sweltering city, she encounters Bill, a once-lauded now booze-sodden novelist, and Inez, his teenage daughter who makes extra cash catering to the sexual fantasies of men she has met online - and falls into a complex infatuation with them both.

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Praise for Neon in Daylight

  • 'A radiant first novel with 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' - The New York Times

  • 'Highly propulsive reading' - Booklist

  • 'This book pulses with the sticky heat of summer and sex and power and desire ... a deliriously beautiful tale' - Nylon

  • 'Hoby is so goodat unpacking all the strange dynamics at work in sex and desire' - Emma Cline, author of THE GIRLS

  • 'Captivating' - Elle

  • 'A gorgeously vibrant story about the thrill and adventure of finding yourself in a new city' - Esquire

  • 'Hoby's descriptive language is spectacular, like that of Elif Batuman with a freer spirit or Eve Babitz if she were writing about the opposite coast ... The book is irresistible' - Los Angeles Review of Books

  • Hoby is so good at unpacking all the strange dynamics at work in sex and desire - Emma Cline, author of THE GIRLS

  • Hoby is so good at unpacking all the strange dynamics at work in sex and desire

  • A radiant first novel with 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 - New York Times

  • Highly propulsive reading - Booklist

  • A gorgeously vibrant story about the thrill and adventure of finding yourself in a new city - Esquire

  • Hoby's descriptive language is spectacular, like that of Elif Batuman with a freer spirit or Eve Babitz if she were writing about the opposite coast ... The book is irresistible - Los Angeles Review of Books

  • This book pulses with the sticky heat of summer and sex and power and desire ... a deliriously beautiful tale - Nylon

  • Captivating - Elle

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