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On February 12, 2013, Philomel will publish Ruta Sepetys’ second novel Out of the Easy, a rich and poignant historical coming-of-age novel that firmly establishes Ruta as one of today’s most talented young adult writers. Out of the Easy tells the powerful and heart-warming account of a young woman shackled by family associations, who dreams of overcoming the odds and going to college. It’s 1950 and the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets. Seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine, known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in a police investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Should she avoid Jesse, the mysterious motorcycle boy? Can she trust Patrick, her best friend at the bookstore? Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. With characters as captivating as those in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.