Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – Review

The Fountains of SilenceFountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, unforgettable portrait of love, silence, and secrets amidst a Spanish dictatorship.

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera.

Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

Publisher: Philomel Books (October 1, 2019)
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0399160310
ISBN-13: 978-0399160318

Ruta SepetysAbout the author: (from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Winner of the Carnegie Medal. Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. The daughter of a refugee, Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren’t able to tell their story. Her award-winning historical novels are published in over fifty countries and have received over forty literary prizes.

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Review of The Fountains of Silence

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys is a captivating young adult historical fiction that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sepetys has a passion for history and it shows in her writing with compassion and attention to detail. A story of suffering, pain, and oppression but also full of hope, love, family, and compassion. The characters are intriguing with creative backstories that slowly come to light and help tell the story through vivid writing and attention to detail. The Fountains of Silence is wonderfully written and shares this brutal time in history in a way that is sure to fascinate and interest the reader. A wonderful read for readers who are interested in Spanish history and well-written historical fiction. The Fountains of Silence is an intriguing young adult novel! *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*

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