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Out of the Easy
by Ruta Sepetys
Do not ask me why, but I loved this book! I could not stop reading it. Strangely enough, it’s about a young girl and brothel in New Orleans in 1950. New Orleans is about an hour and a half from where I live, so I’m familiar with some of the landmarks in the book. I originally chose to read Out of the Easy because the author, Ruta Sepetys, has another book on the Best Seller list. But that book, like so many of the other best sellers is about war, and I didn’t want to read another war story. Since Ms. Sepetys’ other book had such rave reviews, I thought I’d give Out of the Easy a shot. So glad I did! I highly recommend it. And even though it’s about a brothel, it’s still relatively clean.
4.5 stars at Amazon
Summary from Amazon.com
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.