New Orleans -- fiction

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Josie Moraine was named after one of the most famous madams in New Orleans. Her mother, Louise, earns her living working as a prostitute for another notorious Big Easy madam—Willie Woodley. Josie supplements her own income from her beloved book store employment by cleaning Willie’s brothel. But, in Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys, Josie Moraine would gladly leave her past behind in a heartbeat. She harbors dreams of attending Smith College. Although she’s applied, she has no idea how she would ever pay the exorbitant tuition…or, more importantly, fit into such a different scenario.

Now Let's Talk of Graves

By Sarah Shankman

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"With fascinating characters and pungent dialogue, this spirited, rollicking mystery crackles with danger and excitement when Atlanta journalist/detective Samantha Adams accepts an invitation to visit the Big Easy--New Orleans at the height of Mardi Gras."
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A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole

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"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." -- Jonathan Swift

Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans--selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life--is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work.

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Madeleine's Ghost

By Robert Girardi

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"Ned Conti is a young historian struggling to piece together the miraculous past of a Brooklyn nun for a tiny stipend, while, at night, he grapples with the paranormal phenomena that have recently seized his rent-controlled apartment: furniture set askew, strange light haunting the bedroom, rocks appearing mysteriously in midair to pummel the floor. His only refuge is the F train and its connection to long Manhattan nights in East Village bars that he visits with his forlorn and eccentric friends. As the summer grows hotter and his apartment more threatening, a baffled but tolerant Ned sets out to uncover the secret behind the angry spirit and, in so doing, is drawn irretrievably into a world of desire and fate...where all around him lingers the dark dream of New Orleans, a place of magical disaster. Ten years before, he fled the Crescent City, never to return, when Antoinette, his true love, ended their brief but urgent affair. Now he's going back, returning to the past that has haunted him for a decade."
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The Witching Hour

By Anne Rice

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"From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking - and The Witching Hour begins. It begins in our time with a rescue at sea. Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery--aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches--finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life."
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Side Effects: A New Orleans Love Story

By Patty Friedmann

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"N.O. Drugstore is located at the improbable intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. Its idiosyncratic clientele draws as much from mostly poor-black Pigeontown as it does from the mostly rich-white University section. And no one knows this better than the three people who man the pharmacy on even days of the month.

"As different in style and temperament as their customers, Luciana Jambon, Lennon Israel, and Vendetta Greene are the protagonists of this story. Told in third person from their alternating points of view, Side Effects plays out their respective family feuds, usually somewhere between the Seasonal Specials and the Depends aisles. Corralled as they are with one another twelve hours a day, romance and splendid friendship blossom among Luciana, Lennon, and Vendetta, because it's really only a low counter that separates them from everyone else."

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Second Hand Smoke

By Patty Friedmann

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Zib and Wilson Bailey think the thick cloud of cigarette smoke enveloping their mother is what probably killed their father. Certainly the toxicity of Jerusha Bailey's cynical attitudes has driven her children far from New Orleans. Jerusha soon befriends Dustin Puglia, a ten-year-old living next door with a poisonous mother of his own. The two become attached in this hilarious story of responsibility and blame.

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Mean Woman Blues

By Julia Smith

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"The nemesis of New Orleans police detective Skip Langdon is Errol Jacomine. This evangelical preacher has been leader of his own frenzied army of converts, has run for mayor of New Orleans, and now wants to become president of the United States. His campaign methods are rabble-rousing, theft, kidnapping, and multiple murder. Skip thinks Jacomine is as dangerous as Jim Jones. She has chased him for years with no luck. Now Jacomine comes after Skip, her lover, and her friends. She must track him down, but his disguise this time is so clever even his own children don't recognize him."
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The Exiles

By Gilbert Morris & Lynn Morris

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Book one of The Creoles Series, captivating novels from bestselling authors Gilbert and Lynn Morris, introduces Chantel Fontaine. Readers follow Chantel through the streets and swamps of Louisiana as she falls in love, faces the loss of both her parents, and searches for the baby sister she thought was lost forever. The culture of the citizens of nineteenth-century New Orleans was as varied and intriguing as their complexions-French, Spanish, African, and American. As the layers of these cultures intertwine, a rich, entertaining story of love and faith emerges.

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The Year of Past Things: A New Orleans Ghost Story

By M. A. Harper

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Phil Randazzo, owner of the trendy Tasso Restaurant in New Orleans, is being haunted and he's not at all happy about it. Strange supernatural events are taking place in the home he shares with his new wife, Michelle. Michelle's late husband, the legendary Cajun musician A. P. Savoie, begins to appear at will and inhabit everyday objects. As Savoie's presence grows stronger, the couple asks for help-psychics and exorcists are consulted until Phil narrowly escapes a deadly accident. Clearly, the honeymoon is over; but what, if anything, does Savoie want from them?

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