Ruta Sepetys (www.rutasepetys.com, www.betweenshadesofgray.com) is the multi-award-winning author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller Between Shades of Gray. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
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.
"Sepetys writes with rawness and palpable unease...the stakes are momentous."--The New York Times
"Street-smart, literary and compassionate."--The Wall Street Journal
"A haunting peek at the life of a teenage girl in 1950 New Orleans."--Entertainment Weekly
"Readers will find Josie irresistible from the get-go and will devour the sultry mix of mystery, historical detail, and romance."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"With a rich and realistic setting, a compelling and entertaining first-person narratition, a colorful cast of memorable characters and an intriguing storyline, this is a surefire winner."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review