Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
February 12, 2013
Hardcover, 346 pgs
What it’s about:
It’s 1950 and life in the French Quarter of New Orleans (aka, The Big Easy) is harder than ever for 17-year-old Josie Moraine. The locals know her as the daughter of the Louise, a prostitute in Madam Willie’s brothel. But Josie is more than that. She works in a bookshop and dreams of leaving New Orleans for college and a respectable life. After a chance encounter with a young lady who attends Smith College, Josie begins to believe that her dreams could become a reality. But the seedy side of the city doesn’t seem to want to let her go. When a tourist turns up dead things start to get complicated. As the investigation deepens Josie’s loyalty to her mother, Willie, and her friends are all challenged. Can Josie make her dreams come true or is she destined to be just a prostitute’s daughter living in the Big Easy?
Why you might like it:
If you enjoy historical fiction you might be interested in this book about life in the 1950s. Do you like your historical fiction to have a murder and ties to the mob? You’ll find that here too. How about tough heroines who know what they want and aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves? You’ll love Josie! Do you love a book full of rich and colorful characters who win you over from the start? You might want to get to know Patrick, Cokie, Jesse, Willie, and Sadie. Or are you more of a despicable villain type? No worries, Josie encounters plenty of bad guys. Do you always cheer for the underdog? You will definitely find yourself rooting for Josie! You’ll also find unlikely friendships, heartbreaking injustices, and a touch of romance. Finally, you really can’t go wrong with a book set in a dreamy old bookshop (or brothel, for that matter!).
Want more like this?
I definitely recommend Ruta Sepetys first novel, Between Shades of Grey. If you like a scrappy heroine who overcomes great odd you might like the tales of Jackie Faber. Start with Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. For more historical fiction featuring a murder try A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. If you want historical fiction starring strong female characters try Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
I loved this book and look forward to more from Ruta Sepetys!