It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.
Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
About the Author
Ruta Septeys is the multi-award-winning author of the critically acclaimed New York Times and international bestseller Between Shades of Gray. Born and raised in Michigan, Ruta grew up in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Her second novel, Out of the Easy, was published to rave reviews and high acclaim in February 2013. Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee.
You can visit Ruta online at www.rutasepetys.com, and follow her on Twitter @RutaSepetys.
For more information, please visit: www.betweenshadesofgray.com and www.outoftheeasy.com.
Praise for Out of The Easy…
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten Pick
A Bookspan Book Club’s Top 13 New Books of 2013
Amazon Book of the Month, February 2013 – Spotlight Pick
From Wall Street Journal:
“Street-smart, literary and compassionate… Atmospheric and assured…nicely paced novel.”
From New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice):
“A satisfying novel, bringing to life the midcentury French Quarter…Sepetys writes with rawness and palpable emotional unease.”
From Entertainment Weekly:
“A haunting peek at the life of a teenage girl in 1950s New Orleans.”
**From Kirkus, Starred Review**
"With a rich and realistic setting, a compelling and entertaining first-person narration, a colorful cast of memorable characters and an intriguing storyline, this is a surefire winner. Immensely satisfying.”
**From Publishers Weekly, Starred Review**
“[A]nother taut and charged historical novel… Sepetys has also built a stellar cast. Readers will find Josie irresistible from the get-go and will devour the sultry mix of mystery, historical detail, and romance.”
**From School Library Journal, Starred Review**
"A Dickensian array of characters; the mystique, ambience, and language of the French Quarter; a suspenseful, action-packed story. With dramatic and contextual flair, Sepetys introduces teens to another memorable heroine."
“A page-turner that noir romance fans will gobble up. The legions of fans that Sepetys earned with her best-selling debut novel will all be lining up for this.”
"Rough-edged and glamorous by turns, this is a wild ride worth taking."