Class and privilege; morality and identity. These are all themes that have fueled novelists and storytellers over the years. But it’s difficult to think of a novel that’s used them in quite the same combination as Virtue, Hermione Hoby‘s new novel. At its center is a young man named Luca, who works as an intern at a prestigious literary magazine and falls into the orbit of two successful artists, Paula and Jason, who are several years his senior. Hoby’s novel offers a stunning take on recent history and a haunting look at interpersonal connections. I spoke with Hoby via email to learn more about how Virtue came to be.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Hermione Hoby’s new novel, an interview with David Leo Rice, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Gina Nutt and Te-Ping Chen, a discussion of novels and intimacy, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on new music from Damon Locks, an interview with Hermione Hoby, and more.
The fiction we admired most in 2018 ran the proverbial gamut from thought-provoking surrealism to evocative realism. Some illuminated the present day or recent past, while others ventured into much more uncharted territory. Some took us to unimaginable psyches; others showcased how ordinary people dealt with the extraordinary. Here’s a look at ten of our favorite works of fiction this year.
In our afternoon reading: talking with Shelley Jackson, new writing by Erica Dawson, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Patrick Nathan’s new novel, thoughts on Kathleen Collins’s film, and much more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Hermione Hoby, new writing by Janice Lee, and much more.