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White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

It's Romeo and Juliet modern grunge style when Elise Perez, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and colour meets Jamey Hyde, the scion of a rich family studying at Yale. The attraction is raunchy and immediate and they soon move to Manhattan. What develops is raw, a clash of worlds and sensibilities, mental health frailties and exacerbated emotions. When Jamey's family vengefully attack their relationship, the couple embark on an odyssey of lust, drug taking and despair that can only lead to a dark conclusion at the end of the twisted road. Despite the basic set up, this is not a book for young adults, but rather a tale of young adults abandoned by hope and hanging on to the anchor of their love, inarticulate, drowning and on a slippery road to nowhere. Libaire (and Elise) has a distinct voice, sardonic, sad and picturesque, with a wonderful touch for the telling details (such as Elise's coat, which gives the book its title). A familiar but fascinating tale. ~ Maxim Jakubowski


White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Elise: a street-smart girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Jamey: the golden son of a wealthy and powerful East Coast family. They make an unlikely couple. At first theirs is a classic tale of sexual obsession, of wanting something you shouldn't have. But as they get to know each other what started as a challenge gradually transforms, and their obsession slowly turns into something more like love. Jamey leaves behind his Yale education, divorcing his family and their wealth, and they invent a new life together that surprises them both. But Jamey's controlling family are not going to give him up easily ...


'White Fur is glorious: dark, dirty, and sexy, lit up with yearning and raw, young love. Libaire's sentences left me breathless. This is a Roman candle of a novel. I absolutely loved it' Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Nearness of You and The Same Sky

'Brilliantly written and deeply felt, White Fur is a love story by turns comic and tragic, but always moving' -- Philipp Meyer, author of The Son and American Rust

'Each page crackles with the intensity, fury, lust, and pure insane pleasure of first love. Jardine Libaire has written a chronicle of one couple's wild romance: its highs and lows, its delights and contractions, its beauty and its messiness. A delight to read' -- Nathan Hill, author of The Nix

'This sexy American fairytale about a star-crossed coupled solidifies Jardine Libaire's status as poet laureate of late nights and young love' -- Ada Calhoun, author of St Marks Is Dead

'A love story of equal parts grit and glamour, I loved White Fur for its honest portrait of the extremes of American society, and the love that can bloom anywhere, always, despite the odds. Jardine Libaire is an extraordinary talent' -- Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers

'Two barely-20-somethings from opposite sides of the tracks fall in frantic love amid the lush grit of New York City in the 1980s in Libaire's new novel... Libaire's New York is...raw and sweaty and intoxicating... A page-turning whirlwind steeped in pain and hope' Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Jardine Libaire

Jardine Libaire is the author of the novel Here Kitty Kitty, and the creative nonfiction book Gravity Is Stronger Here (a collaboration with photographer Phyllis Dooney). Originally from New York, she now lives in Austin. She's a volunteer teacher in the Truth Be Told writing programme for incarcerated women in Texas.

Author photo © Justine Gilcrease

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30th May 2017


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Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


320 pages


Literary Fiction
Provocative Prose
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Adult & contemporary romance



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