Neon In Daylight

Neon In Daylight

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Catapult,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781936787753
Characteristics: 282 pages ; 21 cm

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Jun 16, 2018

"Superstition was bullshit, Inez knew. It was something for girls who thought 'the universe' was some kind of wish-granting fairy godmother who communicated her indulgences through inscrutable material signs."
Impressive and incisive debut novel from British-born, New York-based Hermione Hoby. It seems part of a loose wave of new writers that are both challenging masculinity and clearing out a space (Out of the way guys named Jonathan, Michael, and David!) for strong female voices. I'd also recommend "Conversations with Friends" and "Asymmetry."

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