OUT OF THE EASY is another fantastic piece of writing by the stupendous Ruta Sepetys aka the only historical fiction writer to make my list of top favourite authors With a mostly absent and selfish p
OUT OF THE EASY is another fantastic piece of writing by the stupendous Ruta Sepetys, aka the only historical fiction writer to make my list of top favourite authors.With a mostly absent and selfish prostitute as a mother, Josie’s life has never been exactly easy. The title is, therefore, very much ironic. Josie is a good girl who wants a good education and a good life, out of the city of New Orleans which, so far, only filled her heart with disappointments. But if she can’t receive a scholarship, she’ll be stuck in a life she wishes would be different until she meets her creator. Though we’re clearly aware of the fact that this is a historical novel from the way the people were thinking and living in 1950s New Orleans, the point of this book is not to tell you how things were back in the day, although that’s part of it, but rather make you experience, through the lovely Josie, the life of a teenage girl with big dreams in a city that plans to suck the life out of her.More showing than telling. And that’s so very great, because I can’t recall the number of times I’ve been disappointed with a book because of its annoying tendency to tell instead of to show which, incidentally, works much better than the former on so many levels. It’s simply a pleasure to read Miss Sepethys’ novels. I don’t worry about being flooded with information or having to put on my intelligence glasses to decipher what she says. She writes like she breaths. Effortlessly.And with an admirable elegance.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’Popular Out of the Easy Author Ruta Sepetys is a Books 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 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 tIt 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 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.. Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers As an author of historical fiction, Ruta is drawn to stories of strength through struggle Her award winning debut novel, Between Shades of Gray was inspired by her family s history in Lithuania and is published in 45 countries Her second novel, Out of the Easy is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950, and her third novel Salt to the Sea exposes one of the greatest hidden disasters of World War II Ruta lives in a treehouse in the hills of Tennessee.To read about Ruta s latest escapades, visit her website rutasepetys. A viral Book Out of the Easy 4.5If you'd asked me about historical fiction two years ago, I would have told you it wasn't my thing. It had long been a genre that just didn't appeal to me. But, after discovering goodreads and getting awesome recommendations as well as hearing about books I would otherwise never have known about, I've ran into a series of books that have proved I was wrong about this genre. From the bright lights and dazzling atmosphere of Libba Bray's 1920s supernatural murder mystery - The Diviners - to the character-driven story of a Wales occupied by England - The Wicked and the Just - to a creepy ghost story set at the time of the First World War - In the Shadow of Blackbirds - and now this.I confess that I was one of the few people who struggled to fully appreciate Between Shades of Gray (I know, I suck) but I had no such problem with Ruta Sepetys' second novel and I think I finally understand what it was about the first that failed for me and why this one delivered: the characters. Both are character-driven novels and even though there were numerous threats to the characters' survival in Between Shades of Gray, the plot is slow-moving and your ability to enjoy it depends on some connection with the characters. I lacked this. My cold heart felt nothing more than the general human sympathy we all typically feel for others who suffer. When people died it was sad because, you know, it's sad when people die, not because I really cared about the characters.Out of The Easy is similar in that the characters are the main focus and the plot is slowly built around them. But these characters I loved so so much. Or loathed, but either will keep me interested in a novel's outcome. The setting is 1950s New Orleans and the protagonist is the teenage daughter of a prostitute - and possibly the worst mother ever. Josie longs to escape from 'The Big Easy' and go to college but she is forever being pulled back by her mother and her ties to the brothel where she works as housekeeper. Sepetys introduces a number of lively and colourful characters into this story, from the fierce and wonderful Willie who runs the brothel to the shameless and hilarious Dora who works there.The patriarchal hierarchy of women puts such lusty wenches as these right down at the bottom and it is common to picture a prostitute as a tragic and doomed character like Fantine from Les Misérables. For Sepetys to take such an interesting look into the lives and dealings of prostitutes and to show them as strong, funny and oddly empowered women really made me love this book. I don't mean that she portrays prostitution as in any way a good profession, these women would much rather be somewhere else, of course they would. But she portrays them as human beings who have been dealt a bad hand in life and, instead of falling into a pit of despair, they have taken control of their lives, doing what they have to in order to survive. It is incredibly effective and I was all the more angry at the people who sneered at them because of it.This book is one which is at times very funny or heartwarming and at others sad and frustrating (in a good way). It is frustrating to be inside Josie's head and have to deal with her mother, it is frustrating when people expect Josie to never achieve anything just because of where she came from. But it is a good frustrating because you care so much. The dialogue is also fantastic and I laughed out loud several times and teared up towards the end. Very, very good. I am so pleased I gave this author another chance.
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