Friday, October 15, 2021


Privilege. In Hermoine Hoby’s novel titled, Virtue, we meet two interns working in New York City for an elite magazine. Twenty-two-year-old protagonist Luca finds himself drawn toward a wealthy couple, she a prominent artist and he a filmmaker, and he finds himself welcomed into their privileged lives. Intern Zara arrived at the magazine speaking candidly about injustice and creating tension in the offices of the magazine. Luca’s attraction to the allure of privilege distracted him into complacency about the actions that Zara pursues with passion. Hoby contrasts Luca and Zara in ways that lay bare the shallowness or depth of social activism in recent years. We observe choices with consequences and the ways in which young adults search for their place in the world. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Virtue from

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