“Hermione Hoby has a a high-wire command of language and a sensitivity for conjuring facets of
being that I never knew could be described until I read Virtue.”
– Rachel Kushner, author of The
Mars Room and The Flamethrowers

“An engaging and beautiful novel. Virtue resists easy moralizing, yet delivers an elbow-sharp, incisive dissection of the seductive nature of the privileges afforded to those on the favored side of inequality.” 
Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Stakes Is High

“A work of confident elegance and eerie familiarity for anyone who has ever been young, ambitious and blinded by perception.” 
Sloane Crosley, author of The Clasp

Virtue bears satirical witness to contemporary American liberalism–its pieties, its trinkets of cultural capital, its useless insights–in brutally accurate detail.  A brilliant, funny, ultimately horrifying comedy of manners.”
Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland


“A radiant first novel. . . . [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 Seghal, The New York Times

“[A] luminous, crackling debut.” – Entertainment Weekly

“[L]uminous and wonderful. Hoby spins an intricate narrative that careens toward myriad social and emotional collisions. Her style has a delicious, raucous quality…” – LA Review of Books

“This book pulses with the sticky heat of summer and sex and power and desire. It’s quiet, but insistent, that pulse, and you’ll find yourself responding to its movement as you read Hoby’s sharply observed debut novel, which centers around the intersecting lives of three people living in New York—a very secular trinity indeed. There’s no need to worry yourself with anything so reductive as what this book is about, exactly, because it’s about everything important: infatuation and loneliness, the way in which art and life are impossibly serious and superficial all at once. It’s about wants and needs and dead ends and new beginnings, and it’s about Hoby masterfully spinning a sometimes deliriously beautiful, sometimes tragic tale of ambition and currency and lust and sloth. It’s about New York in the summer. It’s about being alive.” – NYLON

“Neon in Daylight will catapult Hermione Hoby to literary stardom.”The Chicago Review of Books