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Neon in Daylight: A Novel

Neon in Daylight: A Novel

"For a book that doesn’t have an obvious plot, I couldn’t put it down. It has so much feeling and fresh diction and spectacular details and cultural touchstones. It’s heavy and electric, like the humid summer air before a big storm, which is quite fitting, since the setting is summer 2012 in New York City, just before Hurricane Sandy hits. The story of British-native-turned-temporary-New-Yorker Kate could easily become melodramatic and trite, but Hoby has such delicious control and the narrative never went in the direction I predicted (until it had to). I wanted this novel to let me down so I could complain there aren’t any good novels these days. Turns out, there are. Here’s proof."

Nathalie K.

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Author Hermione Hoby
Publisher Catapult
Publication Date 2018-01-09
Section Fiction / New Titles - Paperback / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Nathalie B.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781936787753

One of Bustle's Most Anticipated Fiction Books of 2018"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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