“It just seemed so much more interesting to me that characters should be both drawn to and intermittently repelled by one another, that their feelings could be confused and contingent. That just seemed to offer more dynamism and honesty than say, some great, all-consuming mutual passion.”
Called “A writer of extreme intelligence, insight, style and beauty” by Ann Patchett, journalist and cultural critic Hermione Hoby brings her unique perspective and her eye for shimmering detail to the realm of fiction with her novel Neon in Daylight. Invoking the tradition of New York as eternal literary hotbed, Hoby renders a glittering, yet razor-sharp portrait of New York City, simultaneously offering an unforgettable rendering of the city as it exists right now, as well as refracting moments of its past through its vivid characters.
"Radiant . . . . [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
Hoby's engagement with and inspiration from artists across disciplines combine with her witty and incisive observations to give her readings the feeling of a downtown literary salon. Hoby is also a uniquely qualified observer of the current state of journalism and how it intersects with artists and celebrities. She’s a winning and urbane reader for a wide variety of audiences.