|Out of the Easy|
The story opens in 1950 in New Orleans. Josie's mother was a prostitute who worked in a house run by a madam named Willie. Josie shared nothing with her mother - no love, no good memories. When she was twelve Josie started hiding in a book store so she could spend the night there. The owner, an old gentleman named Charlie, fixed up a little apartment above the store and let her stay there. When she was older she started working there with Charlie's son, Patrick.
Josie successfully finished high school and Willie had promised to pay for her college as long as it was located in New Orleans so Josie could continue cleaning the house in the morning after all the parties have ended. Josie, understandably, wanted to get as far from New Orleans as she could. One day, a student from Smith College, Charlotte, came into the store. They feelt an instant affinity and Josie dreamed of attending Smith. The only problems were being accepted and raising the considerable amount of money needed to attend.
Josie's mother was implicated in the death of a tourist who had, that same day, visited the book store and bought two books. Josie drew the attention of police and mobsters protecting her mother and her mother's gangster boyfriend. Will Josie manage to get out from under her mother's baggage, avoid falling into the same bad career, and follow her dream?
An added plus for this book (in my opinion) is that Josie loved books. I received an advance copy of this book for early review.
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