HERMIONE HOBY is the author of Neon in Daylight (Catapult, 2018). She 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.
In December, I met Hermione Hoby to discuss her debut novel at Milk and Roses, a book-lined Greenpoint café that is the sort of place aspiring artists and intellectuals move to New York with dreams of finding and that usually does not last much longer than does a blazing revelation. (Though let us hope the gods of real estate spare Milk and Roses.)