Jardine Libaire is the author of Here Kitty Kitty. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan Creative Writing MFA Program, where she won a Hopwood Award. Jardine won the Zoetrope Screenplay contest in 2012 for her script You’re An Animal and is currently adapting the screenplay into a short novel.
WHITE FUR (2017)
A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.
The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.
White Fur follows these indelible characters on their wild race through Newport mansions and downtown NYC nightspots, SoHo bars and WASP-establishment yacht clubs, through bedrooms and hospital rooms, as they explore, love, play, and suffer. Jardine Libaire combines the electricity of Less Than Zero with the timeless intensity of Romeo and Juliet in this searing, gorgeously written novel that perfectly captures the ferocity of young love.
"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
“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…The real strength of the novel is its Technicolor atmosphere: Libaire’s New York is a glittering whirlwind, raw and sweaty and intoxicating. A page-turning whirlwind steeped in pain and hope.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[The] setting is viscerally exposed and uniquely gritty, and Libaire’s meaty, brazen, Ferrari-fast sentences prop it up well.” —Booklist
"Brilliantly written and deeply felt, this is a love story by turns comic and tragic, but always moving. Whether her characters are on the social register or the welfare roll, Libaire is a keen observer of human nature.”—Philipp Meyer, author of The Son
“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
"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 What Was Lost
"This sexy American fairytale about a star-crossed couple solidifies Jardine Libaire’s status as poet laureate of late nights and young love."—Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks Is Dead
Rights: Hogarth, North America; Weidenfeld & Nicholson, UK; Presses de la Cité, France
Television Rights: Film Nation
HERE KITTY KITTY (2004)
Lee is the consummate party girl, living a decidedly consequence-free existence. She has the right clothes-the Helmut Lang heels and vintage Dior dresses-the right job managing a stylish SoHo restaurant, the right shabby-chic apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, and the right pager number to get the right drugs. She even has the right boyfriend-a wealthy Frenchman who bails her out of trouble whenever she teeters too close to the edge. Lee knows youth and beauty can only protect her from her wild life for so long. But when the lights go down at closing time, the energy of the city begins to pulse. It is a call she can't resist, and she follows it to backrooms and warehouse raves, to loft parties and after-hours clubs, fueled by the liquids and powders whose names begin to blur, pursuing the elusive thrills of the New York night. Libaire's voice, like her heroine, is tough, seductive, and hard-hitting, and she paints a city that only the young and reckless experience-a place where glamour and danger are just flip sides of the same thrilling coin.
"They say the best nonfiction reads like fiction. But is the reverse also true? It would seem so after reading this gorgeously written debut novel, whose narrator is so keenly evoked that her reminiscences read like a memoir."—Publishers Weekly
"First-novelist Libaire jams her paragraphs with fractured images of the cityscape, brand-name clothing, trendy neighborhoods, and after-hours clubs....[Readers] will be seduced by her cinematic writing and her vulnerable hipsters."—Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
Rights: Little, Brown, World English
THE UPPER CLASS SERIES (THE UPPER CLASS; MISS EDUCATED; OFF CAMPUS; CRASH TEST) with Hobson Brown and Taylor Materne (2007-2008)
A four-part YA series set in the privileged but fraught world of an elite East Coast boarding school (by authors who met while attending Hotchkiss together in the nineties).
Rights: HarperCollins, North America