The Fountains of Silence

The Fountains of Silence

eBook - 2019
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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*
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780698174511
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 02, 2019

Fascinating look at Spain under Franco. Serious stuff...but wrapped up in a sweet love story.

Nov 25, 2019

Well-tread teen "forbidden romance" fare with the welcome addition of the tragic history of Francoist Spain in the 50s. The story was highlighted by insights into a Catholic Church and state run baby black market story. The supposed romance of bullfighting is also highlighted but doesn't quite get the exposure that would've improved the novel.

Nov 11, 2019

Jennifer McFadden rec'd

Oct 20, 2019

Ruta Sepetys is a "Top Tier" writer. She integrates knowledge, cultures, history, tenacity and love in The Fountains of Silence. Her approach and closure to difficult subjects always leave me ready for the next book...

Sep 28, 2019

"Every nation has scars and hidden history. When stories of historical conflict are read and discussed, we have an opportunity to be united in study and remembrance. In that way, books join us togther as a global reading community, but also a global human community, striving to learn from the past." -- Ruta Sepetys

It is the commitment Sepetys has to transporting us into a piece of history that shines through so brightly in each and every book. Her extensive research (eight years for this title) results in a narrative so soundly rooted in the facts that you expect to see a stamp in your passport. Interspersed throughout are quotes from historical archives that set the tone and add historical perspective. We care deeply about Ana, Daniel and Puri and the secrets they have to keep, discover, or forget. Each one of them holds a thread that is woven into the overall narrative. There are no easy solutions to their struggles, but there is hope. Contains an impressive list of source material and a helpful glossary.


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