The Fountains of Silence

 

Madrid, 1957. Under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is living in silence. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into the country 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.

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

 

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Praise for The Fountains of Silence

Booklist (Starred Review)

“[Sepetys] tells a moving story made even more powerful by its placement in a lesser-known historical moment. Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction.”

Kirkus (Starred Review)

“Meticulous research is presented through believable, complex characters on the brink of adulthood who personalize the questions we all must answer about our place in the world. A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience.”

BookRiot

The Fountains of Silence is taking the world by storm.”

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Sepetys again deftly explores a painful chapter in history…This gripping, often haunting historical novel offers a memorable portrait of fascist Spain.”

Entertainment Weekly

“A new Ruta Sepetys novel is always an event…Sepetys is set to return this fall with an epic look at Franco-era Spain, offering readers an exploration of identity, dignity, and the debilitating repercussions of war.”

The Horn Book (Starred Review)

“Riveting…epic. An exemplary work of historical fiction.”

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The Fountains of Silence Discussion Guide

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