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W&N Literary Fiction Hb / ETPb May £14.99 / £12.99 320pp 978 1 474 60488 8 / 978 1 474 60489 5 ebook: £14.99 / 978 1 474 60491 8 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16835 5 / 10 hours

A dazzling richesto-rags story set in 1980s New York.

JARDINE LIbAIRE White Fur a gorgeous, gritty, erotic love story – an urban, edgy Romeo and Juliet. Pretty Woman meets A Little Life.

Elise, a street-smart girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and Jamey, the golden boy scion of a wealthy and powerful East Coast family, make an unlikely couple. At first theirs is a tale of sexual obsession and wanting to have something you shouldn’t. Jamey is both attracted by Elise and repelled by her – she is gritty, uncouth, abrupt and a million miles from his rarefied social circle. In some ways he hates her, yet he keeps coming back for more. For Elise, the attraction to Jamey is visceral. She sees something in him beyond the rich boy mask.

but as they get to know each other what started as a challenge gradually transforms, and they get to see beyond social class and upbringing to the real person beneath. Elise creates in Jamey the lover she wants and needs. In turn, he leaves behind his Yale education and family fortune, and they invent a new life together. but Jamey’s controlling family are not going to give him up easily . . .

Jardine libaire is the author of the novel Here Kitty Kitty, and the creative non-fiction book Gravity Is Stronger Here (a collaboration with photographer Phyllis b. 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.

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Location: Austin, Texas USA Available for interview www.jardinelibaire.com f/Jardinelibairewrite