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.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780698174511
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 11, 2019

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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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