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The Fountains of Silence

The Fountains of Silence

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under 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 promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an 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 difficult 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 postwar struggles of Spain.

Includes vintage media reports, oral history commentary, photos, and more.

Praise for The Fountains of Silence

Spain under Francisco Franco is as dystopian a setting as Margaret Atwood's Gilead in Ruta Sepetys's suspenseful, romantic and timely new work of historical fiction . . . Like Shakespeare's family romances], 'The Fountains of Silence' speaks truth to power, persuading future rulers to avoid repeating the crimes of the past. --The New York Times Book Review

"Full of twists and excellent story, and timely, too." --The Wall Street Journal

A staggering tale of love, loss, and national shame. --Entertainment Weekly

* Sepetys] tells a moving story made even more powerful by its placement in a lesser-known historical moment. Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction. --Booklist, *STARRED REVIEW*

* This gripping, often haunting historical novel offers a memorable portrait of fascist Spain. --Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW*

* This richly woven historical fiction . . . will keep young adults as well as adults interested from the first page to the last. --SLC, *STARRED REVIEW*

* Riveting . . . An exemplary work of historical fiction. --The Horn Book, *STARRED REVIEW*

Author: Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Philomel Books
Published: 10/01/2019
Pages: 512
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.60lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.30w x 1.70d
ISBN: 9780399160318
Age Range: 12-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.5
Point Value: 15
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 505502 / Fountains of Silence

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 07/01/2019 pg. 63
Publishers Weekly 07/29/2019
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2019 pg. 78
School Library Journal 09/01/2019 pg. 125
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2019 pg. 100
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2019 - Book Of Special Distinction
Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2019 - Recommended - Hard To Beat
Shelf Awareness 10/15/2019
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author
Ruta Sepetys ( is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a crossover novelist, as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide. Her novels Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, Salt to the Sea, and The Fountains of Silence have won or been shortlisted for more than forty book prizes, and are included on more than sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently in development for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide. Ruta was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @RutaSepetys.

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