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The Fountains of Silence

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Philomel Books
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    Alex's Reads & Reviews
    Dec 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Do you realize the lengths I would go to for a copy of this book? I NEED THIS SO BADLY
    Emily May
    Mar 22, 2019 marked it as arc-2019

    ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🇪🇸
    Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Milion hvězdiček!
    Belkiss Misa
    Dec 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: tbr-2019
    My body and soul are ready
    ♠️ Tabi ♠️
    Jan 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
    F I N A L L Y and ohhhhhhhhh look at that cover!!
    Having had twelve hours to process the book after reading it in the span of twenty-four hours including a car ride (and I don't read in the car because well, motion-sickness, but there are just times where that needs to be overcome), I can now write a review that consists of more than hearts and exclamation points.

    Picking stories that represent dark times in our global history is likely the easiest part, but deciding to tell it with the emotional strength and depth required can only be trusted
    Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I can not wait!!!
    Anukriti Geekybibliophilictraveller/ kaleidoscopicnerdy
    I would literally sell my soul to read this ASAP. Ruta Septeys is a genius 🙌
    Feb 22, 2019 marked it as must-read
    I'm sorry, a historical novel about Spain under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco??? Why did no one tell me about this sooner????
    theravengirl (salmaagroudy)
    look. at. the. COVER! 😍😭
    Hizatul Akmah
    Feb 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Kristen Majkut
    Ruta Sepetys delivers in this incredible historical fiction novel set in Madrid, Spain in the late 1950s during Franco's dictatorship. I lived in Madrid for a semester in college with a Spanish woman who did not speak English. I was transported back in time to the bullfights, the food, the reverence for family, the dizzying heat and of course, the fountains.

    The subversive use of photography by the main character Daniel captures the fear, the unseen and the forbidden in Franco's Spain. The refer
    anna t
    Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2019-releases
    New Ruta, hooray! Excerpt online too!
    Nikolae Keaveney
    Feb 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I was thrilled to receive THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE arc before the book's official release to the public!

    In this stunning novel, Ruta Sepetys illuminates the terror and cruelty Spain experienced under dictator Francisco Franco. Sepetys’ vivid characters, beautiful language, and suspenseful twists and turns held me captive and still fill my thoughts.

    In 1957, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson travels from Dallas, Texas to Madrid, Spain with his oil-wealthy parents to his mother’s homeland. He’s so
    Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Ruta Sepetys unveils another hidden layer of history in this incredible novel about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. A native of Madrid and daughter of executed rebels, Ana struggles to keep the balance at the hotel she works at, often dealing with nosy and/or entitled Americans. Charming Texan photographer Daniel Matheson is another matter altogether, however, and as Ana and Daniel are drawn together, a darker mystery lurks in the background. Why is Ana's brother burying empty coffins? W ...more
    Julia via Stylish in the Stacks
    True Ruta. Beautifully written yet difficult-to-read parts of history. Thankful she once again exposed a piece of hidden history to me. I flew through the pages, desperate to know how Daniel, Ana, Rafa, Julia, and Puri’s stories would end. Surprises, twists, sadness, relief, joy—this book has it all. Get your copy as soon as it is released October 2019!
    Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Another piece of history I knew nothing about. This engrossing tale of life under Franco in Spain will send me to nonfiction to learn more about the Spanish Civil War and after.
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Like all of her previous works, Ruta Sepetys' FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE is a beautifully written work of historical fiction. Immersing readers in the sights and sounds 1950s Madrid, Sepetys shines light on the poverty and deprivation endured during Franco's dictatorship. Through a cast of fascinating characters, she illustrates the disparity and hostility between social classes. As the characters gain insight into each other's circumstances, Sepetys reveals the ways in which love can bridge the gap a ...more
    Michael Fleming
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    Apr 17, 2019
    Mar 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I have loved all of her other books!! I was super excited to see this one on the horizon. I would love a copy to read!!!
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    Bea Haase
    Mar 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: not-yet-released
    Okay so... How did I not know about this sooner?
    Rebecca Petrie
    Mar 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Please pick me to read the advance copy of this book. I absolutely love Ruta. I own all of her books and have purchased copies for friends and family.
    Julia Wiebe
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    Mar 27, 2019
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    Apr 18, 2019 added it
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    I don’t know how I feel about this book so I didn’t give it a rating. It’s not my kind of book; I knew that when I started. I didn’t love it at all, but I can’t really hate it, either. I felt it was slow at many points, but the research was interesting. The plot could have been fascinating, especially the wrap-up, but there was so much verbage it was hard to care. This book could have been half the length and been just fine. But... again, not my type.
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    Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. As an author of historical fiction, Ruta is drawn to stories of strength through struggle. Her award-winning debut novel, "Between Shades of Gray" was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 45 countries. Her second novel, "Out of the Easy" is set in the French Quarter of New O ...more