Amy Grace Loyd

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"Modern-Day Hitchcock"
Amy Grace Loyd, the executive editor of Byliner and a former fiction and literary editor at Playboy magazine, has edited some of the best writers of our time.  In her debut novel, The Affairs of Others, she delves into the voyeuristic tendencies of community living in an urban environment—a Rear Window story of sorts described with Hitchcockian detail.  Richard Russo praised it, saying, "Debut novels don't come any more sure-handed and deftly written than {this one}."

The story follows Celia, the owner of a small apartment building, who has chosen her tenants for their ability to respect one another's privacy.  But everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope—a dazzling woman on the run from her husband's recent betrayal.  When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the sanctity of Celia's building is shattered. 

For years, Loyd worked on The Affairs of Others on weekends and on the subway to and from work—which might be why New York City feels like a flesh-and-blood character in her story.  "I wanted to inhabit a place where a woman of a certain age could be seen as beautiful for her complexity and sometimes dark desires," Loyd says.  The themes of isolation, solitude, observing and being observed resonate with Edward Hopper's art in the exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process (on view at the DMA through February 16).

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