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.
This was one of those love at first word books. Josie is an amazing character, the setting both colorful and gritty. Sepetys manages to capture the spirit of the times without overdoing it. Sometimes historical fiction can either be overburdened with details that slow the pace to a death crawl, or on the flip side, so thin on details that the only way you know it’s not the present is because that’s what it says on the back cover. But Out of the Easy is 1950’s New Orleans, and Sepetys brings it to life seemingly effortlessly.
The characters! Yes, we have the awesome Josie, who’s life is interesting to say the least, but all of the supporting characters are equally as intriguing. In a few paragraphs I cared deeply for the characters, knowing that some of them would not have a happily ever after because of their circumstances. The mystery was superb, but what I loved most was Josie’s struggles.
I would recommend this book to everyone! Even if you don’t have time to read it, at least buy it and put it on your shelves- it’s the kind of book that can bring you out of a reading funk, or kind of book you read to be lost in someone else’s tale. It’s definitely being added to my 2013 favorites list!
Out of the Easy gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
Next read from my TBR Jar:
Starters by Lissa Price