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Out of the Easy (Prebound)

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"Out of the Easy
is the story of Josie, a young woman living in the French Quarter of
New Orleans in 1950. Part mystery, part romance, and very readable–I
couldn’t put it down!"

— Kathleen

"New Orleans, beautiful and soulful, is one of my favorite cities and I am drawn to tales that take place there. As far as young adult novels go, I found Out of the Easy refreshing. Its unconventional setting and subject matter set the book apart, but its main draw is its characters. They pull you in and compel you to keep reading. The relationship between Josie and Willie, the madam of her mother’s brothel, is particularly interesting and nuanced. These are two fantastically strong female characters who play off each other in surprising ways. It’s a dynamic that reflects the story as a whole – heartfelt and a little off kilter."

— Consuelo

"I love New Orleans and will read almost anything having to do with the city. This book takes place in 1950s New Orleans and the city is so vibrantly depicted that I could imagine it with all my senses. Josie, the main character, is also the kind of girl I would like to have as my friend. She’s funny, smart, driven, independent, and an all-around likeable girl. I liked the story, too, for its elements of mystery (there has been a murder!), historical references, and supporting cast of colorful characters."

— Ellen

Spring '13 Kids List

“This novel has it all: history, humor, heartbreak, and a heroine, Josie Moraine, who will stay with you forever. Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 1950s, this story of a young girl trying to escape an environment where prostitution and petty larceny rule the day features a remarkable cast of characters, not the least of which is Willie Woodley, the madam with a backbone of steel and a heart of gold, who is a better mother to Josie than anyone realizes. Do not miss this book!”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


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 Sepetys (www.rutasepetys.com, www.betweenshadesofgray.com) is the multi-award-winning author of the critically-acclaimed "New York Times "bestseller "Between Shades of Gray." She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606343008
ISBN-10: 0606343008
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 346
Language: English