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Neon in Daylight - A Novel

Hermione Hoby

Publisher: Catapult

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An joyful, self-aware and moving literary debut that questions and plays with the trope of the “coming-of-age-in-New-York” novel; Hoby explores the expectations we impose on the places we move to, the loneliness and freedom of a strange new city, and the people we surround ourselves with at the brink of adulthood

Hoby has the eye of a satirist but the heart of a romantic, exploring youth and heartbreak without sentimentality or spite

 In Neon in Daylight, New York is a city refracted through its citizens; for Kate, it is at once filled with potential and an impossible place from which to escape herself; for Bill, it is a disappointing cliche and a nostalgic memory trap; for Inez, it's a childhood playground that she's long outgrown

This is a debut novel set in New York City that manages to be both smart and accessible

For fans of Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler and Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Ann Patchett compares it to The Great Gatsby, and calls Hermione "a marvel"

 Hoby is a well-connected and beloved writer and journalist; she regularly writes about culture, gender, literature, in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Guardian (she wrote the much-shared pieces on “the cult of Joan Didion” and the label “bad-ass women”), and her network of national media contacts is wide, enthusiastic, and reliable

Active on social media and in the American literary community, Hoby is an ideal self-promoting author

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