Jardine Libaire

WHITE FUR (May 30th, 2017)

51y0m5v36l-sx316A 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.

Rights: Hogarth, North America; Weidenfeld & Nicholson, UK; Presses de la Cité, France

Television Rights: FilmNation

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

HERE KITTY KITTY (2004)

New York at night is an urban playground where glamour and danger are just flip sides of the same thrilling coin. The tough, beautiful player at the heart of Jardine Libaire’s acclaimed first novel is Lee, the consummate party girl. Lee has the right designer clothes, the right job managing a stylish restaurant, and the right lover, who finances all her bad habits. As the lights go down at closing time, the energy of the city is a call Lee cannot resist, even when her Cinderella-like existence begins to unravel.

Rights: Little, Brown, World English

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.