Neon in Daylight

Hermione Hoby

Saskia Maarleveld (Narrator)

01-09-18

8hrs 1min

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01-09-18

8hrs 1min

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Literary

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“A classic New York City novel―sleek and stylish, both in literary craft and in the milieu portrayed.” Stephanie Danler, New York Times bestselling author

A New York Times Editor’s Choice of the Week
A Vanity Fair Hot Type Pick of What to Read in February
An Electric Literature Pick of Books to Help You Deal with Millenial Burnout
A Bustle Pick of 2018 Debut Novels Not to Miss
A BookRiot Pick of Small Press Books
A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
An Indie Next List selection
A Refinery29 Pick of Books We Can't Wait to Read
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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 becomes infatuated with both of them.

Set during 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.

Praise

“A classic New York City novel―sleek and stylish, both in literary craft and in the milieu portrayed.” Stephanie Danler, New York Times bestselling author

“Hoby avoids getting eaten alive by the city that never sleeps in Neon in Daylight." Vanity Fair

“In Hoby’s radiant first novel…her sentences are sleek and tailored. Language molds snugly to thought.” New York Times

"[In Hoby’s] smart, stylish debut novel…that rush of discovery and possibility—being young in New York—is entwined with displacement, disconnection, and self-deception. And a bruising loneliness is not only a potential side effect but a necessary part of the experience, too.” New York Times Book Review

“You’ll adore the bustling, artsy version of NYC in this read.” Bustle

“A sharp novel with perceptive observations…and vivid, complicated relationships.” Publishers Weekly

“In language so vivid that readers could break a sweat in an igloo, debut novelist Hoby brings to life the seamy underworld of bright, bored people during a suffocating New York City summer, demonstrating the sure hand seen in works by Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz.” Library Journal

“With effortlessly fluid prose, Hoby, herself a New York transplant from London, excels most promisingly in depicting the vivid, perhaps most iconic American city.” Booklist

“Hoby is a master of atmosphere…[especially of] the vibrant loneliness.” Kirkus Reviews

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Language English
Release Day Jan 8, 2018
Release Date January 9, 2018
Release Date Machine 1515456000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories New in Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literary Fiction, Coming of Age, Urban, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
Hermione Hoby

Hermione Hoby grew up in south London and has lived in New York since 2010. She is a freelance journalist who writes about culture and gender for publications including the New Yorker, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Times Literary Supplement. She also writes the “Stranger of the Week” column for the Awl. Neon in Daylight is her first novel.

Narrator Bio
Saskia Maarleveld

Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.

Overview

A New York Times Editor’s Choice of the Week
A Vanity Fair Hot Type Pick of What to Read in February
An Electric Literature Pick of Books to Help You Deal with Millenial Burnout
A Bustle Pick of 2018 Debut Novels Not to Miss
A BookRiot Pick of Small Press Books
A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
An Indie Next List selection
A Refinery29 Pick of Books We Can't Wait to Read
See All +

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 becomes infatuated with both of them.

Set during 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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