Out of the Easy

A captivating New York Times bestselling novel from the critically acclaimed, international award–winning author of Between Shades of Gray.

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At once a suspenseful, drama-packed survival story, a romance, and an intricately researched work of historical fiction.

The Wall Street Journal

An engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit in a dark time in Lithuanian history.

Associated Press

Lina is a heroine young and old readers can believe in.

Entertainment Weekly

Please read this small window into a tragedy.


This is a gripping story that gives young people a window into a shameful, but likely unfamiliar history.

School Library Journal, starred review

Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers through the crushing tragedy of this tale that needs telling.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Beautifully written and deeply felt... An important book that deserves the widest possible readership.

Booklist, starred review

Sepetys has penned a harrowing and heartbreaking novel. Beautifully written and important.

– Harlan Coben, international bestselling author

A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness love is the most powerful army.

The Horn Book

A document long overdue.

– Richard Peck, Newbery Award–winning author of A Year Down Yonder

A compelling love story.


Between Shades of Gray—billed as a young adult novel, but one that everyone should read... sings with truth.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Beautiful and unforgettable.

– Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor–winning author of Hitler Youth

Hard to read, but even harder to stop reading, there is no doubt into which category this tremendous first novel belongs.

The Guardian London

A sweeping work of historical fiction, this meticulously researched novel will leave readers breathless.

Books to Borrow, Books to Buy, syndicated column

A brilliant story of love and survival.

– Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls

A book hasn't moved me this much since I read The Help.

– Deborah Sinclaire, Editor-in-Chief, Book-of-the-Month Club
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