Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy

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By (author) Ruta Sepetys

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  • Publisher: Philomel Books
  • Format: Hardback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 208mm x 36mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 12 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039925692X
  • ISBN 13: 9780399256929
  • Sales rank: 166,258

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"A haunting peek at the life of a teenage girl in 1950s New Orleans."--"Entertainment Weekly" 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. Praise for "OUT OF THE EASY" "Sepetys writes with rawness and palpable emotional unease...the stakes are momentous."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Street-smart, literary and compassionate... Atmospheric and assured...nicely paced novel."--"Wall Street Journal" * "A surefire winner. Immensely satisfying."--"Kirkus," starred review "New York Times" bestseller An Amazon Best Book of the Year 2013 A "Kirkus "Best Book of 2014 A Goodreads Best Young Adult Fiction Book of 2013 Yalsa Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination Carnegie Medal Finalist

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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 husband 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.

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**STARRED REVIEW** Step right onto the rough streets of the New Orleans French Quarter, circa 1950...and meet 17-year-old Josie Moraine, a feisty young woman whose mother, a prostitute in a Conti Street brothel, offers her nothing but scorn and abuse. From the tender age of 12, Josie has made her own way in the world, working in a local bookstore in exchange for a safe place to sleep and cleaning the brothel to earn money toward her planned escape from the Big Easy. Equal parts book smart and street smart, Josie's dream is to attend Smith College, and she will go to extremes, even blackmail, in her desperation to be accepted. But just when her plans start to gain some traction, her mother strikes again, putting Josie in the middle of a murder investigation and saddling her with a mob debt. There are some meaningful messages here: that love can come from the unlikeliest of sources--the rough-and-tumble brothel madam is much more supportive of Josie than her mother ever was--and that we are all in control of our own destinies if only we choose to be. 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.--"Kirkus Reviews", starred review