I like to say “rumor has it, I spent the ’80s in New York City,” so anytime I get to read a novel about Manhattan in the ’80s, I feel like I’m catching up with what I must have been participating in. I remember enough to know life moved pretty fast. I don’t say this as a form of braggadocio, in fact, I’m kind of embarrassed. It’s more like I’m learning what happened during much of that lost decade.
In Jardine Libaire’s second adult novel, WHITE FUR(HogarthBooks) readers better buckle up because this book is an E-ride. It’s 1980s drugs and rock ‘n roll in the supersonic lane, baby!
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 on the wrong side of the tracks, in public housing without a father and didn’t graduate from high school. Jamey’s from a privileged family, attended Yale and in line to inherit the family’s private investment banking firm. The family expects great things from their “little prince.”
The attraction between Elise and Jamey is instant, and what starts out as a sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger and impossible to ignore. They move into Manhattan, Jamey’s family tries without any success to break-up this train-wreck of a relationship. One night out with old friends, turns into something they can’t turn back from. Jamey and Elise finds themselves not only fighting for their love, but their lives.
Considering the novel opens with Elise holding a shotgun to Jamey’s chest, readers get an idea right from the start what’s ahead. It’s not your typical love story. It’s rough, gritty, filthy, sexy, real, honest and courageous. WHITE FUR is a novel you may or may not want to read, but if you do, you won’t forget it. It will affect you. That says a great deal for Jardine Libaire’s prose and storytelling ability. Personally, I can’t wait to read what she writes next.
Jardine Libaire is a graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Michigan MFA program, where she was a winner of the Hopwood Award. White Fur is her second novel for adults. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and Hogarth Books, we have one copy of WHITE FUR to giveaway. Just tell us about a “Romeo and Juliet-esque” kind-of romance you’ve experienced …. or what book you’re looking forward to reading this summer. We’ll announce a winner Monday.