It's 1950 and the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie Moraine 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.
From The Boston Globe:
"Full of transporting writing, drawing you into a past that is fully
reconstructed by her superb imagination."
From Toronto Star:
"An engrossing, substantial novel with a rich, multi-layered plot and
deeply realized characters. Unforgettable."
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Spring 2013 Kids'
Indie Next List Top Ten Pick A Bookspan Book Club’s Top 13 New Books of
2013 Amazon Book of the Month, February 2013 – Spotlight
From Wall Street Journal: “Street-smart,
literary and compassionate… Atmospheric and assured…nicely paced
From New York Times Book Review (Editor’s
Choice): “A satisfying novel, bringing to life the midcentury French
Quarter…Sepetys writes with rawness and palpable emotional
From Entertainment Weekly: “A haunting peek at
the life of a teenage girl in 1950s New Orleans.”
Kirkus, Starred Review** "With a rich and realistic setting, a
compelling and entertaining first-person narration, a colorful cast of memorable
characters and an intriguing storyline, this is a surefire winner. Immensely
**From Publishers Weekly, Starred
Review** “[A]nother taut and charged historical novel… Sepetys has also
built a stellar cast. Readers will find Josie irresistible from the get-go and
will devour the sultry mix of mystery, historical detail, and
**From School Library Journal, Starred
Review** "A Dickensian array of characters; the mystique, ambience, and
language of the French Quarter; a suspenseful, action-packed story. With
dramatic and contextual flair, Sepetys introduces teens to another memorable
From Booklist: “A page-turner that noir
romance fans will gobble up. The legions of fans that Sepetys earned with her
best-selling debut novel will all be lining up for this.”
Bookpage: "Rough-edged and glamorous by turns, this is a wild ride