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The Fountains of Silence

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A 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
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Philomel Books
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Ruta Sepetys paints a richly descriptive and historically detailed picture of post war Spain under the fascist dictator, General Franco. It is 1957, and Spain is desperate for money and to facilitate this, is welcoming tourists to the country. 18 year old American Daniel Matheson is staying at a luxury hotel with his family, his father is an oil tycoon looking to make a deal with Franco's regime. Spain is the country of Daniel's mother, and he is looking to explore it, with every intent of ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Hey friends, I’m so excited to read a story about story an emotional, heart wrenching story takes place in Madrid in late 50’s when General Franco’s dictatorship takes over and rules the city! I’m taking small bites from patatas bravas, empanadillas accompanied by a big pitcher of Sangria (my new decision, tasting the foods where the book’s story is told to have a better focus on my book! I also ate beef stroganoff and had several vodka shots when I’m reading “Bear and Nightingale series”. Maybe ...more
Emily May
I'm not going to rate or review this. I've only liked one of the three Sepetys books I've read in the past, but I was really hoping a book on Spain under Franco would be the equalizer. It wasn't to be. I'm just not a fan of the way the author jumps very quickly between multiple POVs. I feel so detached from the stories. Just not for me.
Hannah Greendale
Congested, sacharrine, and melodramatic.
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
Nenia ⚜️ Author of Filthy Trash and Unhinged Psychos ⚜️ Campbell

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A while back, I read another book called Ruta Sepetys, called OUT OF THE EASY, a work of young adult historical fiction set in 1950s New Orleans. It had the potential to be an interesting book, but the lazy, meandering pace; lack of action; and reliance on an almost entirely character-driven story made for some tough readin'. I hoped that THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, with its intriguing premise of characters struggling to exist under the
Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
A solid 5/5

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House International for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. A very pretty bookmark was also included in the package they sent me, which you can see HERE

"The history hasn't written itself yet, Matheson. But you're capturing it as we speak with your photos."

Before we start, I would like to say that I was really eager for this book to be released because it is set during Franco's Spain. You guys need to
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by Danielle McNally

When I read, I want to be transported. To another place, to another time, to a world I never could have experienced on my own. In Ruta Sepetys’s latest, The Fountains of Silence, I was taken to a sepia-toned summer in 1950s Spain. The entire time I was reading (which wasn’t long, since I flew through the 475-page novel in three days), I felt as if I, too, were walking the cobblestoned streets of Madrid, the heat of the late afternoon sun on my shoulders.

That said,
Kim Friant
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars—Ok so first off, I love Sepetys’ books. They’re amazing and she’s one the authors that I pick up no matter what the book is about. But I’m gonna start with my one criticism that applies to multiple books. The endings frustrate the crap outta me! I’m learning to accept open endings that could go in any direction and could be interpreted and imagined in a myriad of ways. However, with Sepetys’ stories, I want to know more! She always seems to completely draw me into the stories and the ...more
Renee (itsbooktalk)
If you're like me and tell yourself that you don't like YA, give this book a try and prepare to be blown away! My automatic reaction when I come across YA is to pass it by but after reading several I've loved (Field Notes on Love, Hope and Other Punchlines, Salt to the Sea) and now this, I have to say...I'm LOVING YA! I know this author is known as a "crossover" author since her books appeal to both teens and adults and I would agree but with The Fountains of Silence, I'd almost say it has a ...more
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
Bitchin' Reads
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Ruta Sepetys yet. The last third of it had me sobbing regularly. SOBBING, I SAY. BIG FAT BITTERSWEET TEARS.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Well-researched book about life in Spain under the leadership of Franco. Set in 1957, we follow the life of 18-year old Daniel Matheson, who has travelled from Texas to Madrid with his father (who is trying to negotiate an oil deal with Franco) and Spanish mother, who is dealing with her own problems. Daniel is adrift, having broken up with his high society girlfriend, and unsure how to tell his father that he wants to be a photographer. He falls for the hotel maid, Ana, and gets a real view of ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't normally read YA, but when I was offered an ARC and saw how how popular this author was, I decided to go for it. The setting is 1950s Spain under the rule of General Francisco Franco. The hero, 18 year old Daniel Matheson arrives with his parents as his father conducts whatever business Texas oil tycoons do. They stay at a swanky hotel that is popular with the Hollywood type set. Many famous names are dropped throughout the story - say too many names.

Anyway, Daniel meets up with hotel
Belkiss Misa
Dec 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
My body and soul are ready
Chelsea Humphrey
BOTM YA add on November 2019!
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
5 incredible stars

Warning: gushing ahead!

I am a late bloomer to the Ruta Sepetys bandwagon. I read or rather listened to “Salt to the Sea” around February this year.
That story moved me so deeply that Ruta instantly became one of the authors I am vowing to follow in every adventure she goes on.

Did the Fountains of Silence live up to my expectation? Totally!

Is it another Salt to the Sea?
No even if you can find Ruta's trademark in her precise and effortless writing; in her use of multiple point
Jun 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Alana Missen

Lovers of historical fiction have cause to celebrate with the release of Ruta Sepetys’ latest novel, The Fountains of Silence. Set in 1950’s Spain, it depicts the harsh realities of living under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, and includes the star-crossed romance between Daniel, a young Texan visiting his mother’s home country, and Ana, a Spanish girl working at the Hilton Hotel.

This story gives the reader a taste of
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
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♠️ TABI ♠️
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
F I N A L L Y and ohhhhhhhhh look at that cover!!
Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Going into this book, I knew very little about the Spanish Civil War. I knew some about the beginning and some about the end, but this was a new thing to read about for me. I thought that the book did a great job of making the reader learn as we go along and feel engaged with the period, but also of having mentions of what happened to characters earlier on as we go without being
Joey T
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Seatbelts pls, y’all are about to engage on a very crazy fan rant )
GAIS, i need help. Anyone know how to perform open heart surgery?????
I trusted Ruta Sepetys with my heart (again), and she ripped it out unmercifully (again).
This book was so beautiful- everything about it. And tbh guys, I CRIED. AND I HARDLY EVER CRY WHEN IM READING BOOKS. THAT’S HOW GOOD THIS WAS and also as a side note I mayyyy have read this in less then 24 hours. *nervous chuckle* yeahhh
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: god-tier
.5 | beautiful. addicting. raw.

’truth breaks the chain of silence.’

ruta sepetys really made my gay ass root for a straight couple so hard that i wanted to break down sobbing. if that isn’t a miracle i don’t know what is.

on a more serious note, there were so many things that made this book phenomenal. the short chapters made this novel super easy to completely devour, and the pacing was so amazing i still can’t get over it. every character was distinctly written and the alternating point of view
this book is one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and, thus, imagine my joy when i randomly found a copy of it in a bookstore on a trip 4 days before its release!!!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found an ARK at my library and checked it out right away. It was everything I hoped for and more. Sepetys books are amazing in every way. Even if you don’t like historical fiction it’s a must read!!!!
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I could not find the words to express my rating process, because for a long time this was closer to a 3-star than a 4-star book for me. Alas, the author's note at the end supplied me with the key-word; Ruta Sepetys is a"crossover" author, meaning her books are picked up by both teen and adult readers. The fact that this was (mainly) targeted toward younger audiences was one of the reasons I rated this book so highly. You may find this explanation unwarranted or confusing, but bear with ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first experience with Ruta Sepetys. It didn’t disappoint! The Fountains of Silence takes place under the reign of General Francisco Franco, after the Spanish Civil War and WWII.

We follow the lives of four very different characters. Daniel is from Texas, the son of a wealthy oil tycoon. Ana is the daughter of Republican parents that were executed when she was younger. She lives with her older sister’s family and works at the Castellana Hilton in Madrid. Rafa is her brother, who was
Abbie | ab_reads
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
(#gifted | @penguinteen) What do you think of when you think of Spain? Sun? Sangria? Tourists? But the country has a relatively recent, dark past so often forgotten about outside of Spain, as it lived under dictator rule for 36 years. In Francoist Spain, Catholicism was the only accepted religion, workers’ wages were pitiful, women were expected to adhere to the traditional homemaker role and severely repressed, and censorship reigned. The Fountains of Silence is set in 1957 Madrid, when tourism ...more
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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Winner of the Carnegie Medal.
Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. The daughter of a refugee, Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren't able to tell their story. Her award-winning historical novels are published in over fifty
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“Truth breaks the chains of silence." Puri puts a trembling hand to her chest. Her voice drops to a whisper.
"It sets us all free.”
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